Hastings College is one of the few higher education institutions that has its own observatory!
The Clyde Sachtleben Observatory offers a roll-back roof that allows visitors to use four mid-size telescopes and ponder the universe with views of the moon, double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. The observatory houses 14-, 10- and two 8-inch reflecting telescopes.
The Observatory is open to the public for free astronomy presentations and night sky viewings two Saturdays per month, weather permitting. See dates and times below.
Before your visit, call StarLine at 402.462.7378 for a message informing you of cancellations due to weather plus schedule changes and additions; the message is usually updated by 5 p.m. You can also find the Observatory on Facebook.
For more, contact Dan Glomski, the Observatory's program director, 402.902.9724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free presentation dates for 2014 (weather permitting; subject to change)
- January 4, 18 - 7:30 pm
- February 8, 22 - 7:30 pm
- March 8, 22 - 8:30 pm
- April 12, 26 - 9:00 pm
- May 10, 14 - 9:30 pm
- June 7, 21 - 9:30 pm
- July 5, 19 - 9:30 pm
- August 2, 16 - 9:30 pm
- September 13, 27 - 9:00 pm
- October 4, 25 - 8:30 pm
- November 1, 15 - 7:30 pm
- December 13, 20 - 7:30 pm
The Observatory is located at 4725 S. Wabash Ave., Hastings, Neb.
This is about 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 6 on Wabash Ave. (also known as County Rd. 10), on the east side of the road just before the pavement ends. See the map below or use this Google map or this iOS map.