The observatory is closed.
Due to ongoing pandemic concerns and social distancing recommendations, the observatory is closed and star parties will not be held this year. Be well and we hope to see you fall of 2021!
Stargazing / Astrophotography
If looking for open sky, the Badlands National Park is distant enough from the glow of Rapid City and has clear vistas in all directions. The park is open year round with stargazing programs in summer.
For details about the park and campgrounds, click here.
To request a private star party:
Interested in becoming a member? Details are here.
For general questions: