Lake Afton Public Observatory
Young and old alike can share the excitement of the night sky at the Lake Afton Public Observatory. Through the Observatory's 16-inch telescope you can view such wonders as the giant planet Saturn and its rings, the Moon with its craters and mountains, glowing clouds of gas, star clusters with thousands of stars, and distant galaxies many times bigger than our own Milky Way. After touring the universe, you can explore the Observatory's museum area with its interactive astronomy exhibits. When visiting Wichita, make sure you put this unique attraction on your list of things to do.
The Lake Afton Public Observatory offers programs for the general public on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the year. School classes can reserve an Observatory program on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Wednesday during the day.
All programs, exhibits, and school out-reach materials are designed, prepared, and presented by Observatory staff and volunteers.
Observatory programs also extend beyond its walls through classroom presentations, portable editions of exhibits, instructional astronomy games and astronomy activities for use in the classroom. Call (316) 978-3191 for details.
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