Frequently Asked Questions

How long do the Public Nights last?
Public nights are held on Friday evenings and last between an hour and an hour and a half.

Where is the Drake Municipal Observatory located?
The observatory is located on the grounds of the Waveland Park golf course. 

How do I get there?

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Where can I park?
Parking is available next to the Observatory

Are the Public Nights family-friendly?
Individuals, families and small groups are welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult responsible for them.

What if I have other questions?
Call the Physics/Astronomy department at 515-271-3141

University News
October 20, 2016
The Comparison Project will present the third event in its 2016–2017 series on death and dying. A community interfaith dialogue on Oct. 27 will feature representatives of three different refugee religions in Des Moines.