Powell Observatory at Lewis-Young Park
Price: $5 adults $3 children
Hours: Opens at dusk
Open to the public Saturday nights to view the shimmering wonders of the night sky. May through October with educational programs offered. Powell Observatory, was built in 1984 and expanded in 2002 by members of the Kansas City Astronomical Society. Observatory topics include: Third Rock From The Sun, The Solar System, The Big Bang, It Came From Outer Space, Introduction to Astronomy, Giant Planets, and The Summer Skies. Program concludes with a chance to look through the 30" telescope in the dome. Powell Observatory's 16" telescope will also be set up for your use, and often there are other telescopes set up by members of the Kansas City Astronomical Society. They will show you planets, stars & galaxies; and love to answer questions about space and telescopes. Plan to stay at least an hour and a half, but if you are really interested, you may stay until the wee hours of the night. Reservations are suggested for larger groups and private viewing. Admission fee.