The Wartburg Platte Observatory is owned and operated by Wartburg College through the generous contributions of Steve Platte ('69). The Observatory is for the primary use of the College for introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics classes and community outreach.
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Wartburg Nights Flyer and map
PHY170 astronomy classes:
The Observatory is open for PHY170 observation
from 8:00-10:00pm Mondays and Wednesdays during the Fall and Winter Semesters.
Giant molecular cloud/starforming region M8 (the Lagoon Nebula)
as seen with the 14"SCT and SBIG 1001 camera, 60s exposure.
Wartburg physics majors are currently working on minor planet astrometry. This project aims to locate and track minor planets (asteroids) in order to refine their orbits. More information coming soon!
of the Observatory:
Student Erin Benoy studying asteroids with the Platte Telescope on an 8°F winter evening.
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