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Physics

Observatory/Planetarium

For easy remote viewing:

Space.com provides excellent daily images from space and updates by NASA

The UWRF Observatory, located on 3rd floor of Centennial Science Hall (CSH) south 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 (previously installed on the roof of Rodli Hall across the street, currently awaiting a new location), in addition to a number of QuarkNet cosmic ray air shower detectors running at various times throughout the year.

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

►Please contact Dr. Glenn Spiczak or Dr. Matt Vonk if you are attempting independent viewing and have questions.


Astronomy Talks & Viewings

Astronomy talks and viewings are on hiatus until we are able to provide on-campus public outreach events again.

Note►Planetarium Shows:

Planetarium shows are on hold due to the pandemic and we plan to resume them when it is safe to do so. We are aiming for a timeframe during the Spring 2022-23 semester (January 23 - May 5, 2023) to resume events.
We will communicate event updates on this page and the main Physics Department web page.

Thank you for your patience.


When we host in-person viewings and talks:

Talks are typically held in 271 CSH and, if the night is clear, the observatory viewing sessions are on the third floor Observatory 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.

We decide by 6 pm whether the evening is clear enough for good viewing. You can check our Physics Department web page after 6 pm for an update or call 715-425-4630.

(When in doubt, use your own judgement and check weather.com.)
Even if there is inclement weather for viewing, the talk is always held as scheduled.

Observatory Viewing (in-person assistance):
 

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
physics@uwrf.edu
Phone: 715-425-3235

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