Observatory / Sun Dial


The UWRF Observatory, located on third floor of Centennial Science Hall, is equipped with a 16-inch Meade computer-controlled LX200GPS mounted under the dome, three portable telescopes (two 12-inch Meade LX200 and one 18-inch Obsession Dobsonian), Coronado SolarMax60 and PST Solar Telescopes.  We also have two parallel RadioJOVE telescopes installed on the roof of Rodli Hall across the street, in addition to a number of QuarkNet cosmic ray air shower detectors running at various times throughout the year.

Go to the main Observatory & Stargazing Information page.


The newly remodeled Digital Dome Planetarium is available for group shows and may be scheduled during the day or evening. The cost per show for groups is $25 payable to the Physics Department. Maximum seating capacity is approximately 40 people. The planetarium is located in the Agricultural Science building.

Richard D. Swensen Sundial

The sundial was designed by emeriti Dr. John Shepherd. It is located on the outside south wall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building which is located on Cascade Avenue just west of Centennial Science Hall. It faces the new University Center along the main east-west walkway through the center of campus.

A history and directions for reading the sundial are available at What's in a Name.

Astronomy Talks and Observatory Viewing

Tuesday, October 24

8:00 pm Talk: "Other Earths Out There?: Kepler's Final Count"

8:30 pm Telescope (waning crescent, Uranus, Neptune visible)

Facilities Self Study

Contact Us

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