2021 Public Season

COVID-concious Public Season begins May 1 at Powell Observatory. We’ll be taking baby steps toward full activities as more people get fully vaccinated and the infection rate (hopefully) drops. Initially, we will open the first and third Saturdays of the month. All activities will be outside with images from the Rusinger shown remotely on a large screen on the fence. Social distancing and mask requirements will be in place. If all goes well, the season may expand.

Please contact us if you're interested in learning more about private events for small groups at 913-438-3825.

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2nd Saturday Astronomy Programs

In place of the normal public events, Powell Observatory Public Night Teams will be presenting programs on various astronomy topics by live streaming them on our ASKC Facbook page.  The programs will last approximately 30 minutes and will allow viewers to post questions and hear answers via Facebook at the end of the presentation.  Check back frequently for the latest schedule updates.

The public is also invited to view our general meeting presentations on Facebook starting at 7:00 PM on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Program Schedule for 2021

All events start at 7:00 PM CDT.

 powell sched May2021

Powell Observatory is owned and operated by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City and staffed by volunteer ASKC members.

Credit: Bruce Hollensbe

Public Nights

The observatory is open to the public Saturday nights, May through October and for special astronomical events.  Public programs include an educational presentation on an interesting astronomy topic, a tour of the night sky and viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting). 


Requested Donation:  12 & Over: $8  |  5-11: $5  |  Under 5: Free

Because the observatory is staffed by volunteers, we request a donation upon entry to help maintain and operate the observatory.


Private Events

Email [email protected] or call 913.438.3825.  A reservation fee of $100 + $5 per person is required to reserve the observatory for private events.  


About the Observatory

Built in 1984 by society members, the observatory is located about 25 miles South of Kansas City in Lewis-Young Park, just North of Louisburg, KS.  At this location, skies are much darker than in the city.  The observatory has one of the largest telescopes open to the public in a five-state area - the Ruisinger Telescope, a Newtonian reflector with a 30" diameter mirror.  In addition, the observatory has other telescopes available for public viewing.



No white lights (headlights, flashlights, mobile phones, etc.) are allowed at the observatory.  Red flashlights are allowed.  Please dim your headlights when approaching and leaving the observatory.  

26500 Melrose Street
Louisburg, KS 66053