Astronomy, the science of the stars, planets, galaxies, and black holes, fascinates people of all ages.

We provide opportunities to learn about the universe through Star Parties, disability-friendly support, and community updates of upcoming eclipses and phenomena.

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Perseid Meteor Viewing on August 12

Partial solar eclipse visible in Central Illinois on August 21, 2017. 

Pretty Pictures

Galaxy M33 from images taken with the 20-inch telescope.
M33 is a nearby galaxy (3 million lightyears) that is surveyed every year by the UIS observatory to keep tabs on massive stars in it that may become supernova in the future. This color image is composed of fifteen images in three filters taken with the 20-inch telescope over two nights in early September 2016.