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John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

Stargazing, educational programs and planet viewing are offered to the community as well as campus. A yearly highlight is the Season of Light holiday show.

John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

Spring open house April 21

Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium will be open for an evening of stargazing and planet viewing on Saturday, April 21,from  8:30-10 p.m.

The open house will feature programs in the planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory, and on the grounds. In the event of a cloudy sky, the indoor planetarium programs still will be offered. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s open house will feature Venus, the beautiful "evening star." Telescopes also will reveal the mountains and craters of the Earth’s Moon and views of other heavenly bodies.

Also on display will be a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteorite and a planetarium show with images and information on the wonders of the night sky. 

The Fryxell Geology Museum, which features one of the best collections of minerals and fossils in the Midwest, also will be open to the public. Highlights in the museum include a wall of glowing, fluorescent rocks, a cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, and a complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica.

The John Deere Planetarium is located at 820 38th Street on Augustana's campus. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the observation areas are unheated.

For more information, call 309-794-7369 or email Susan Wolf.

A passion for the stars, a mission for Augustana

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Open to the public during special events; call 309-794-7318 for more information.


820 38th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
United States

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