FUIO Newsletter Issue #12


The Summer Solstice 2015 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published. Download a copy today!


Since the last newsletter we continue progressing toward our goal of $20,000. Thus far we are over 75% of the way there! Thank you for your continued support.


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Welcome to the University of Illinois Observatory

Astronomical Observatory at the University of Illinois

“Out of the mists which surround the remote past a universe of stars has appeared. . . And here we are on the earth, this planet of ours, while all around and above us nature is staging a grand play of events, inviting our interest in the wonderful universe in which we live.”

Robert H. Baker, When the Stars Come Out.


Built in 1896, the Observatory was the home of the Astronomy Department until 1979. It continues to be used for astronomy classes and public open houses.

The Friends of the University of Illinois Observatory are committed to the preservation of the National Historic Landmark Observatory and to enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Illinois.

In order to accomplish its mission, the Friends of the University of Illinois Observatory will;

Join the Friends and help us maintain an important part of America’s scientific heritage.