Drake University Stands

Evening at the observatory

2019 is the 50th Anniversary of Man’s first steps on another world.

In Celebration of Man’s first steps, the 2019 Lecture Series will present man’s exploration of our solar system and beyond. The spring Series “Exploration by Proxy” will present man’s first attempts at space exploration. Summer series “Sp’am In A Can” will outline our quest to land a man on the moon. The fall series “Beyond The Horizon.. the First Step” will outline the possible futures of manned space travel to “where no one has gone before”. The Observatory is located on Waveland Golf Course. The public entrance can be found past the gates on Observatory Road next to the tennis courts, just 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 he would use the theater department’s spotlights to point out stars and constellations during halftime. More information about the observatory and its history can be found on the observatory website.

As always, the lectures and sky viewing (if clear) are open and free to all.

Friday, April 26 at 8 PM
Drake Municipal Observatory
4908 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311

Questions? Reach out to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at (515) 271-3141.