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Join Drake University Instructor, Herb Schwartz at his lecture "Mysteries Yet to be Solved." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Drake Municipal Observatory. Following the lecture, people will be welcomed to join Schwartz in observing the night sky. 

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, May 5 at 8 PM
Drake Municipal Observatory 
4908 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311


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