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Public Events

Drake University hosts public educational lectures at the Municipal Observatory each Fall, Spring, and Summer term.

Read on for details on upcoming lectures.

Visitors can expect an Astronomy lesson followed by stargazing with expert guidance. Lectures begin at 8 PM, regardless of weather. Sky Viewing begins at dark if clear conditions. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact Drake Physics & Astronomy to request accommodations. Admission is free and open to all! 

A group of community members sits inside the observatory facing forward. There are pictures of stars, planets, and outer space on the walls of the room. One man stands at the front of the room facing the group. There is a projector and screen behind him, an a small modern telescope next to him. He appears to be speaking to the group.

Previous recorded lectures are available on YouTube.

If you have questions or comments regarding public nights please contact:  Herb.folsom@drake.edu

Or call Drake Physics & Astronomy department at 515-271-3141

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Spring Lecture Series

March 24thJWST: To Boldly See Where No Telescope Has Seen Before

March 31stUniverse of Glass:  Computers Categorize the Stars

April 7th :       A Star’s Tale:  Stellar Development and the HR Diagram

April 14th :    White Dwarfs:  A Peaceful End…If…

April 21st :     Neutron Stars:  Lighthouses & Roadmaps

April 28th :    Black Holes:  Singularly Weird

May 5th :        History of The Big Bang:  Einstein vs. Lemaitre

May 12th :      MYSTERY TOPIC

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