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For easy remote viewing: provides excellent daily images from space and updates by NASA.

The UWRF Observatory, located on third floor of Centennial Science Hall (CSH) south end stairwell, 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.

Astronomy Talks & Viewings

NOTICE: We are on hiatus for Fall 2020 Astronomy Talks & Viewings.

Here are a few suggested websites that offer more information on stargazing for all age groups.

►►Please contact Glenn Spiczak or Eileen Korenic if you are attempting independent viewing and have questions.

Talks would typically be held in 271 CSH and, if the night is clear, the observatory viewing sessions would be on the third floor deck of CSH. Both are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Objects to be seen include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars.

For public talks and viewings, we know by 6 pm whether the evening is clear enough for good viewing. You can check our main Physics Department web page after 6 pm when any update would be posted or call 715-425-4630.

*Our decision is a best guess based on current satellite images and forecasts, but occasionally we are fooled and request your forgiveness. Feel free to make your own weather prediction using

The talk is always held as scheduled.

Observatory Viewing tips:

If you need assistance or elevator access to the third floor of Centennial Science Hall, please let us know since an elevator key is required. Talks are in room 271 CSH on the opposite side of the building, closest to the north entrance.

Clear Sky Chart 

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Richard D. Swensen Sundial

The sundial on the Kleinpell Fine Arts (KFA) building was designed by emeriti Dr. John Shepherd. You will find it on the outside south wall of KFA, located on Cascade Avenue just west of Centennial Science Hall. It faces the University Center (UC) along the main east-west walkway through the center of campus.

A history and directions for reading the sundial are available at How to Read Sundial.

Contact Us

Physics Department
Phone: 715-425-3235

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