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.
Bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket. The field has been treated for mosquitoes but there may still be a few around so bring your own repellant if desired.
  • Programs will proceed clear or cloudy.
  • Rain will result in cancellation.
  • Check facebook.com/astronomykc for the latest updates.

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2nd Saturday Astronomy Programs

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

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 on the first and third Saturday nights, May through October and for special astronomical events.  Public programs include an educational presentation on an interesting astronomy topic. All activities are outside and proceed clear or cloudy. Rain will cancel the evening. Check facebook.com/astronomykc for the latest updates.


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

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


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.  


Directions to Powell Observaory

Take US 69 Highway to the Louisburg exit. Go east on Highway 68 (West Amity) ¾ mile to Broadway. Turn left and proceed 1 mile north to 271st Street. Turn left and proceed ¾ mile west to Jingo Road. Turn right and proceed 7/10 mile north to the entrance to Lewis Young Park. Proceed 3/10 mile west on Melrose past the tractor pull area on your left and around the curve. The observatory is on the left just past the line of trees. Parking is on the north side of the street.



26500 Melrose Street
Louisburg, KS 66053

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