UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Warkoczewski Public Observatory
(the "Warko", pronounced var-co)

The mission of this outreach resource is student and public education.
Open to the public on clear Friday* evenings for views of the Moon, planets, star clusters and nebulae.
*(May 1 through Oct 31, and for special astronomical events.)

NOTICE (Aug 17, 2017): Eclipse glasses are COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. Please do not call the UMKC bookstore to inquire about them, as they are busy preparing for start of semester.

Are we open tonight?

NEW, follow the Warko on twitter for current open status.

What is in the sky tonight?

Sky & Telescope offers a quick and easy on-line summary every week!

How does my visit work?

When you arrive, members of the ASKC will have our telescopes pointed at planets, the Moon or other celestial wonders. Every visitor takes turns looking through the eyepiece, and you can stay as long as you like until closing. Feel free to come back every week!

Hours of operation:

Open at dusk (some objects are visible just after sunset when the sky remains somewhat lit).

Close between 10:00pm and 11:00pm (typically close later in the summer and earlier in the Fall).


UMKC Volker Campus, Royall Hall Roof

800 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64110 (virtual tour)

Access by bridge from parking garage (free parking!) at Rockhill and 52nd St. (map here). The stairwell to the roof is on your immediate left when you enter from the bridge.


16 3/8-inch, hand-made (by Stan Warkoczewski) Newtonian reflector

NEW!14-inch Meade LX200 computerized, Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector plus a Meade Coronado solar telescope mounted piggy-back

(Made possible by generous gifts from the A&S Alumni Association and the ASKC.)

Nightly operation by members of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC)


Contact Joe Wright (Warko Operations Manager) email or (913) 208-0924 (Please, call only between 9am and 5pm)

Warko in the news!

  • The Warko Observatory was voted a Kansas City Best Kept Secret by KC Parent (August 2017)
  • Joe Wright discusses Warko, Russian meteor explosion (Feb. 2013)
  • Crowds gather for the rare Venus transit (May 2012)
  • Looking to the Stars at UMKC (The Quad, Apr. 2010)
  • e-ROOS (Sept. 2009)
  • UNews story (Oct. 2008)
  • UNews story (Nov. 2007)
  • Astronomy & Weather

  • UMKC Weather
  • Space Weather, Heavens Above
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day
  • International Dark-sky Association
  • Welcome to the Planets
  • Hubble Heritage Image Gallery

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