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 observatory@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 2014 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 (2014):
  • $5.00 for adults
  • $3.00 for ages 6 - 12
  • Under six admitted free
  • Family Rate: Mom, Dad and their immediate children - $15.00
  • Please note that we are unable to accept credit or debit cards

    April, 2014
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Worlds of Science and Imagination
    - Apr 4-5, 11-12 (8:30-10:30 p.m.)
    Celestial Favorites
    - Apr 18-19, 25-26 (8:30-10:30 p.m.)
    Lunar Eclipse
    - Tuesday, April 15 (12:30 to 4:30 a.m.)
    Mars
    - Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 p.m.


    May, 2014
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Worlds of Science and Imagination
    - May 2-3, 9-10 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Celestial Favorites
    - May 16-17, 23-24, 30-31 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Mothers Day Weekend
    - Friday-Saturday, May 9-10 (9:00 to 11:00 p.m.)
    Bring Your Own Telescope
    - Friday, May 16 (9:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
    Mars
    - Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 p.m.

    June, 2014
    Public Programs: Special Events: Photography Program:
    Worlds of Science and Imagination
    - June 6-7 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Celestial Favorites
    - June 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 (9:00-11:00 p.m.)
    Fathers Day Weekend
    - Friday-Saturday, June 13-14 (9:00 to 11:00 p.m.)
    Bring Your Own Telescope
    - Friday, June 20 (9:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
    Saturn
    - Saturday, June 14 at 11:00 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.