Kirkwood Observatory

  • 727 E. 3rd Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812) 855-6911

Built in 1900, the Kirkwood Observatory was named after astronomer and Professor of Math, Daniel Kirkwood. The facility contains a 12-inch refractor telescope and other astronomical equipment. Viewing is available every clear Wednesday — reservations are not necessary.

Saturday Solar Viewing Hours

Join IU Astronomy to learn more about the total solar eclipse coming to Bloomington on Monday, April 8. Kirkwood Observatory on the Indiana University campus will be open to the public from Noon to 3:00 PM on three Saturdays early this spring, Feb. 17, March 9, and March... Learn more

Kirkwood Solar Live Stream

Join us on Eclipse Day for a special, live-stream view of the Sun from the Kirkwood Observatory Solar Telescope on the IU campus. Watch a close-up view on the Web as the Moon covers the Sun, and take a look at the solar corona during the eclipse. Learn more