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Kirkwood Observatory Is Open Again!

Kirkwood Observatory will be open on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, through Wednesday, Nov. 16. Times change with sunset so check below for times on a specific date.

Note that masks are required in Kirkwood Observatory.

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.

Spring / Summer 2021 Kirkwood Observatory Open Night Schedule

Date Time Date Time
April 6 9:30-11:00pm April 13 9:30-11:00pm
April 20 10:00-11:30pm April 27 10:00-11:30pm
May 4 10:30-11:30pm May 11 10:30-11:30pm
May 18 10:30-11:30pm May 25 10:30-11:30pm
June 1 10:30-11:30pm June 8 10:30-11:30pm
June 15 10:30-11:30pm June 22 10:30-11:30pm
June 29 10:30-11:30pm July 6 10:30-11:30pm
July 13 10:30-11:30pm July 20 10:30-11:30pm
July 27 10:30-11:30pm August 3 10:00-11:30pm
August 10 10:00-11:30pm August 17 10:00-11:30pm

Predicted Sky Conditions for Tonight and Tomorrow

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


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