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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 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.

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.


Astronomy Talks & Viewings


Astronomy Talks for Fall 2021-22 will be held VIRTUALLY. Dates and themes TBD.

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

Note►Planetarium Shows:

Planetarium shows have been cancelled due to the pandemic and we plan to resume them when it is safe to do so. At this time we cannot say when they will resume.

Thank you for your patience.


If we could host in-person viewings and talks:
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.

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 an update would be posted 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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