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Join Drake University Instructor, Herb Schwartz at his fall lecture series. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will take place at the Drake Municipal Observatory located at 4908 University Ave. Des Moines, IA. Following the lecture, people will be welcomed to join Schwartz in observing the night sky. The Observatory is located on Waveland Golf Course. The public entrance can be found passed the gates on Observatory Rd. next to the tennis courts, off of Polk Blvd. 

The Astronomical lectures have been a part of the University since the Drake Observatory opened the fall of 1921.  When Dr. Daniel Morehouse, 6th President of Drake, built it, this observatory was the first of it’s kind in the world; a research grade facility that the general public can enjoy. Dr. Morehouse’s love of Astronomy even extended to the Football field where, using the theater department’s strong spot lights, he would point out stars and constellations during halftime. More information about the observatory and its history can be found on the observatory website.

Friday, Sept. 22 at 8 PM
The American Eagle vs the Soviet Bear

Friday, Sept. 29 at 8 PM

"Can't Hit the Broadside of the Moon" or Anything Else

Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 PM 

Getting Smarter and Going Farther

Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 PM

More Players Join the Club Space

Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 PM

Fantasy Becomes Reality

Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 PM

What has NASA Done for Me Lately?  

Please reach out to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at 515-271-3141 with any questions.