Astronomical Observatory


New Telescope in Dome


Opening Hours

The Observatory is closed during the winter. We will open again in March 2015.

 March 16 -- May 1, 2015

 Monday - Friday: 8.00-10:00 PM*

*Observing may end early in the event of low attendance or unfavorable sky conditions.


If you want to visit the observatory outside of regular hours, or with a group that is larger than 8 people, please give the observatory coordinator, Dr. AJ Poelarends, a call and he will arrange a time with you.


Spring Astronomy Day 2015

Stay tuned for updates regarding the Spring Astronomy Day in 2015.


Current Weather


The observatory is located in the Science Building, on the corner of University Place and Howard Street. Parking is available across the street from at corner of Howard Street and College Avenue. Access to the observatory is from the 4th floor of the science building.

Campus Map and Directions

Coordinates: 41.8661°N, 88.1069°W


Please contact the observatory coordinator, Dr. AJ Poelarends (630 752-5894), for group appointments (scouts, church, etc) or for individual appointments outside the regular opening hours.

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