Public Nights will be on the
evenings of December 4, 5 only. We will then close
for Winter Break until late January 2016.
No reservations are needed for Public tours (Friday & Saturday
evenings listed above). For Private tours and
planetarium shows please email
us or call 317-940-8333.
- Doors Open at 7:00
- Planetarium and Star Show (rain or shine)
- Telescope Viewing from 8:30 to 10:00
(weather permitting; see
Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium has been serving Butler
University students and the Indianapolis public for over 60 years.
The observatory, one of the largest public observatories in the
world, houses a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector in addition to a
number of smaller telescopes. It is the ninth largest telescope
East of the Mississippi River. The observatory can be visited
during our regular public tours listed above or groups can schedule
private tours at other times.
Please go to the tours tab to the right for more
Come see Saturn and its rings,
the Moon, perhaps Uranus and Neptune for your very
During the most of 2015 the main telescope will be undergoing a
$400,000 refurbishment by Astronomical
Consultants and Equipment. The construction is now in its final
phase with reassembly of the telescope occurring. We will still
continue to have telescope viewing and planetarium shows as
usual. A portable GPS computer-controlled telescope will be
used in the meantime for viewing the planets, Moon, and stars. This
telescope gives us great views of the planets.
We are looking forward to having our greatly
improved main 38-inch telescope back online late 2015. Look
for an announcement as the date approaches.
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