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The Warkoczewski ("Warko") Observatory is owned by the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) and operated by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC).

Public Nights

The observatory is normally open to the public CLEAR Friday nights, May through October, and for special astronomical events.

Public programs include a tour of the night sky, viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting), and sometimes an educational presentation on an interesting astronomy topic. Solar viewing may be available before sunset.

Opening Times

May 13 to May 24 8:00 pm
June 3 to Aug. 5 8:30 pm
Aug. 12 to Oct. 28 7:30 pm

During high heat index days or very high temperatures, the observatory will not open until after sundown.

Private Events

Email or call 913.208.0924 (9am to 5pm only please).


About the Observatory

Located on the roof of Royall Hall, UMKC Volker Campus for 40 years, Observing instruments include the custom-built 16” Warkoczewski Telescope, Meade 10” and 14” LX200 Schmidt Cassegrain computerized telescopes and for solar viewing, a Coronado PST Solar Telescope and the Daystar “Quark” Hydrogen Alpha mounted on an 80mm refracting telescope.



Roof space is limited. Please, no chairs, coolers, personal telescopes or other large items.


Contact Joe Wright, Warko Operations Manager: or 913.208.0924 (call between 9 am and 5 pm only, please)

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