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One Year Later

On September 2nd 2016, we re-opened to the public after more than a year of planning and preparation. We were blown away when we had over 600 visitors in the course of the weekend.

Since then, we've been blown away by the support and encouragement we've received from the Wichita area community, and the visitors we've had from around the globe.

One year later, and we've had nearly 3300 visitors and received over $14,000 in donations, and we're just getting started. In the last 12 months we've accomplished an astonishing amount, far above what we even expected.

  1. Thanks to some generous donors, we've upgraded the software and hardware that drive the main telescope, bringing it into the 21st century.
  2. We've nearly doubled our active volunteers, but we're always looking for more.
  3. We re-launched our hugely popular photography program, and begun to offer photo workshops as well as photography nights.
  4. We've started improving our exhibits, bringing in VR experiences, new computer programs, and improved our exhibits with more up-to-date and timely information.
  5. We've hosted nearly a dozen private events, including birthday parties and class trips.

We've absolutely loved every night we've been open and we want to thank everyone who's come out to visit for supporting us. Because we're a volunteer-run non-profit, we stay open for you and because of you and we owe you all our deepest gratitude.

Autumn Viewing Update

Every season's sky is different and brings new and exciting viewing opportunities. This autumn we'll be losing Jupiter, but Saturn will still be a major target for us and the Milky Way galaxy will be naked-eye visible from outside the city.

We'll also be spending time on M13, the Lagoon Nebula, and (on clear nights) the Andromeda Galaxy as they're all getting to be more visible this time of year.

See you soon!