Astronomy Talks and Observatory Viewing
Spring 2017

The talks will be held in 271 Centennial Science Hall and, if the night is clear, the observatory viewing sessions will be on the third floor deck of CSH.  Both are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Call 715-425-3560 or visit this page after 6 p.m. on the day of the event to see whether the night is clear enough for viewing. The talk will go on as scheduled regardless of the weather. Contact Eileen Korenic ( for information on pre-observatory talks and Glenn Spiczak ( for observatory information.

Objects to be seen include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars. The presenter for talks is Dr. Eileen Korenic.

Tues. Feb. 21 

  • 8:00 pm Talk: “Juno at Jupiter”
  • 8:30 pm Telescopes (waning crescent)  

Sun. Mar. 12

Daylight Saving Time begins 

Tues. Mar. 28 

  • 8:00 pm Talk: “How Do We know the Earth Is Moving?”
  • 8:30 pm Telescopes (new moon)  

Wed. Apr. 26              

  • 8:00 pm Talk: “August Eclipse – America’s Turn!”
  • 8:30 pm Telescopes (new  moon, Jupiter and Mars visible)


Observing Tips | Stargazing Links

The Observatory is on the 3rd floor, Centennial Science Hall (CSH), at the corner of 6th and Cascade. Sessions are free and open to the public. 

If you would like to be on our "stargazers" email distribution list, send an email from the address with which you wish to subscribe to with the following message body:
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For observing, use the outside Observatory stairwell near the south door of CSH if/when it is open to avoid disturbing the sky above with light and heat from inside. Otherwise, use the nearby CSH entrance.

If you need assistance or elevator access to the 3rd floor, please let us know (elevator keying is required). Talks are in 271 CSH on the opposite side of the building, closest to the north entrance.

Weather conditions necessary for viewing: The sky should be almost completely clear, so look up before you leave home. Generally, we will cancel a session by 5 p.m. and post our decision here to allow for adequate setup time.  We will always plan to present the talk.

Our decision is a best guess based on current satellite images and forecasts, but occasionally we are fooled and request your forgiveness. Check this site or call 715-425-3560 for the latest update.

Feel free to make your own weather prediction using

Observatory pictures from October 8 viewing.  Objects seen included planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars.

Photos by:  Kathy M Helgeson/UWRF Communications

  • Observatory Night Sky Viewing 4
  • Observatory Night Sky Viewing 3
  • Observatory Night Sky Viewing 1
  • Observatory Night Sky Viewing 2

Contact Us

Physics Department
Phone: 715-425-3235
Fax:  715-425-0652