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Kirkwood Observatory Schedule

Next Scheduled Kirkwood Observatory Open House:

Open houses may be cancelled on short-notice due to unfavorable weather conditions. No reservations are required. Due to Daylight Savings Time in Indiana, the sky is not dark enough for observing with the telescope until late in the evening.  We have scheduled the Open Night hours as early as we can and still have the sky dark enough to view with the Kirkwood telescope.

Note that Kirkwood Observatory is not handicapped-accessible due to stairs to access the lobby, the observing floor, and the solar telescope. Viewing objects through the telescope also often requires the use of steps or ladders. We hope to provide a virtual tour soon to offer online access to the Observatory.

For updated weather conditions and closings, please check the @iuastro twitter feed.

Predicted Sky Conditions for Tonight and Tomorrow

NOTE: Blue squares on the "Cloud Cover" row indicate clear skies.


Group showings are available by contacting the Astronomy Department at (812) 855-6911, or by sending email to astoutre [at]

Complete Kirkwood Observatory Open House Schedule 2019

Date Time Date Time
March 20 9:30-11:00pm March 27 9:30-11:00pm
April 3 9:30-11:00pm April 10 9:30-11:00pm
April 17 9:30-11:00pm April 24 10:00-11:30pm
May 1 10:00-11:30pm May 8 10:30-11:30pm
May 15 10:30-11:30pm May 22 10:30-11:30pm
May 29 10:30-11:30pm
June 5 10:30-11:30pm June 12 10:30-11:30pm
June 19 10:30-11:30pm June 26 10:30-11:30pm
July 3 10:30-11:30pm July 10 10:30-11:30pm
July 17 10:30-11:30pm July 24 10:30-11:30pm
July 31 10:30-11:30pm August 7 10:00-11:30pm
August 14 10:00-11:30pm August 21 10:00-11:30pm
August 28 9:30-11:00pm    
September 4 9:30-11:00pm September 11 9:00-10:30pm
September 18 9:00-10:30pm September 25 8:30-10:00pm
October 2 8:30-10:00pm October 9 8:30-10:00pm
October 16 8:00-9:30pm October 23 8:00-9:30pm
October 30 8:00-9:30pm
November 6 6:30-8:00pm November 13 6:30-8:00pm
November 20 6:30-8:00pm

Kirkwood Observatory Solar Lab Schedule 2019

Date Time
April 6 1:00-3:00pm
May 4 1:00-3:00pm
June 1 1:00-3:00pm
July 6 1:00-3:00pm
August 3 1:00-3:00pm
September 7 1:00-3:00pm
October 5 1:00-3:00pm
November 2 1:00-3:00pm