Sachtleben Observatory reopening to public on Saturday 

After closing in March 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hastings College Sachtleben Observatory will reopen this Saturday, June 5, 2021, with a program beginning at 9:30 p.m.

SachtelbenObservatory wAdmission to the observatory is free, and sessions are open to the public. The Sachtleben Observatory is located at 4725 Wabash Avenue, which is three miles south of U.S. Highway 6. The observatory is typically open two Saturday nights per month with a short presentation highlighting various sights of that evening’s sky. The observatory opens 30 minutes before the program start time and closes 90 minutes afterwards.

The observatory houses 14-, 10- and two 8-inch reflecting telescopes.

Programs dates, which are all Saturdays, and time through August are below:

  • June 5,19 – 9:30 pm
  • July 17,31 – 9:30 pm
  • August 14, 28 – 9:30 pm

Observatory programs are made weather permitting. Stargazers are encouraged to call StarLine at 402.462.7378 for a message on cancellations due to weather plus schedule changes and additions; the message is usually updated by 5 p.m.

For more information, including the schedule through the remainder of the year, visit

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at

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