Lake Afton Public Observatory
Programs and Events

For more information about the Lake Afton Public Observatory, follow this link , call Observatory office at (316) 978-3191, or e-mail us at robert.henry@wichita.edu Our (316) WSU-STAR [978-7827] line contains information on public programs and what is visible in the night sky.


Public Programs at the Observatory: The Observatory is open to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings.  The schedule of programs is below or click here to view our 2015 brochure (Adobe Acrobat format). Programs for School Groups can be reserved for Tuesday and Thursday evenings and selected Wednesdays during the day.  Call (316) 978-3191 during normal business hours for reservations or more information.

Admission (2015):

  • $6.00 for adults
  • $4.00 for ages 6 - 12
  • Under six admitted free
  • Family Rate: Mom, Dad and their immediate children - $18.00

  • Please note that we are unable to accept credit or debit cards

    May, 2015
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Planetary Weather
    - May 1-2, 22-23, 29-30 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Big, Bigger, Biggest
    - May 8-9, 15-16 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Mothers Day Weekend
    - Friday-Saturday, May 8-9 (9:00 to 11:00 p.m.)
    Bring Your Own Telescope
    - Friday, May 15 (9:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
    Venus
    - Thursday, May 21 at 9:00 p.m.


    June, 2015
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Big, Bigger, Biggest
    - June 5-6, 12-13 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Planetary Weather
    - June 19-20, 26-27 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Fathers Day Weekend
    - Friday-Saturday, June 19-20 (9:00 to 11:00 p.m.)
    Bring Your Own Telescope
    - Friday, June 19 (9:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
    Saturn
    - Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 p.m.

    July, 2015
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Life Story of a Star
    - July 3, 10-11, 17-18, 31 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Sizing Up Saturn
    - July 24-25 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Bring Your Own Telescope
    - Friday, July 17 (9:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
    Saturn
    - Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 p.m.

    August, 2015
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Life Story of a Star
    - August 1, 7-8, 14-15 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Sizing Up Saturn
    - August 21-22, 28-29 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Perseid Meteor Shower
    - Thursday, August 13 (12:01-3:00 a.m.)
    Bring Your Own Telescope
    - Friday, August 21 (9:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
    Full Moon
    - Saturday, August 29 at 11:00 p.m.

    September, 2015
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Life Story of a Star
    - September 4-5, 11-12 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
    Sizing Up Saturn
    - September 18-19, 25-26 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
    Grandparents Day Weekend
    - Friday - Saturday, September 4-5 (8:00 to 10:00 p.m.)
    International Observe the Moon Night
    - Saturday, September 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
    Smithsonian Museum Day
    - Saturday, September 26 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
    Total Lunar Eclipse
    - Sunday, September 27 (8:00-11:30 p.m.)
    M13
    - Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 p.m.

    October, 2015
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Astronomical Zoo
    - October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 30-31 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
    Luna and the Starry Skies
    - October 23-24 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
      Gibbous Moon
    - Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 p.m.

    November, 2015
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Astronomical Zoo
    - November 6-7, 13-14, 27-28 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
    Luna and the Starry Skies
    - November 20-21 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
    KAO Telescope Fair
    - Saturday, November 21 (7:30 to 10:00 p.m.)
    Pleaides (M45)
    - Saturday, November 14 at 10:00 p.m.

    December, 2015
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Astronomical Zoo
    - December 4-5, 11-12 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
    Luna and the Starry Skies
    - December 18-19 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
    Geminid Meteor Shower
    - Monday, December 14 (12:01 am to 3:00 a.m.)
    Andromeda (M31)
    - Saturday, December 12 at 10:00 p.m.

    The Observatory is located 20 miles southwest of downtown Wichita at MacArthur Road (39th Street South) and 247th Street West in Lake Afton County Park. It is immediately north of the lake, just off MacArthur Road. 

    For a map, click here. Current program information is available in a recorded message by calling 316-WSU-STAR (978-7827).

    Lake Afton Public Observatory:
    Observatory Home Page
    Observatory Events Page
    About the Observatory
    Observatory Exhibits
    Observatory Gift Shop
    Skylights (Our quarterly newsletter)
    School Programs
    Resources for teachers
    Life Story of a Star (WWW Tour)
    Exploring the Milky Way (WWW Tour)

    Note: An Observatory program will automatically be cancelled if there is a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning anywhere in Sedgwick County during the hour prior to the start of a program. Programs also will be cancelled if travel conditions are hazardous. If possible, the recorded program information at (316) WSU-STAR [978-7827] will be changed to reflect any program cancellations.