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Observatory photos from an earlier viewing. Objects to be seen include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons and double stars.



The UWRF Observatory, located on third floor of Centennial Science Hall (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 and Observatory Viewing
Spring 2020 *Dates are Pending

The schedule will be listed on this page when it is available.

Talks are held in 271 Centennial Science Hall and, if the night sky is clear, the observatory viewing sessions are on the third floor deck of CSH. Both events are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

Call 715-425-3560 or visit this web page again after 6 p.m. on the day to see whether the night is clear enough for viewing, but the talk will go on as scheduled.

Email Eileen Korenic at for information on pre-observatory talks or Glenn Spiczak at for observatory information and to be added to the "Stargazers" email list for information and updates.


Observing Tips | Stargazing Links

The observatory is on the third floor, south side of Centennial Science Hall (CSH), at the corner of 6th Street and Cascade Avenue. Sessions are free and open to the public. 

If you need assistance or elevator access to the third 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.

Clear Sky Chart (click to view in new window)




UWRF Physics home page

Weather Conditions for ViewingThe sky should be almost completely clear, so look up before you leave home. Generally, we will cancel a session by 6 pm and post our decision here to allow for adequate setup time. The talk will go on regardless of the weather.

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

Contact Us

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