The Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium is one of the largest public observatories in the world. Why might you care about such information? Because the Holcomb Observatory is located right here in Indianapolis! Gracing the north end of Butler University’s campus, this local gem is home to a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector telescope. Through the viewing lens of Indiana’s largest telescope, the celestial skies above become the classroom for students and star seeking Hoosiers alike. Since the Planetarium offers such a unique opportunity at an incredibly affordable price this is one of the must-see attractions in Indianapolis.
While the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium serves as the home to all of Butler University’s astronomy and astrophysics courses, on most Friday and Saturday nights of the year, they share the cosmos with any and all who wish to gaze upward. If you’re looking for something to do in Indy, look no further than the Holcomb Observatory. Tours start at 7:30 pm and usually run an hour in length. Afterward, if Mother Nature permits, the telescope is open to the public for viewing. The Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium offers an environment the whole family can enjoy; so bring the kids and give them something to dream about this weekend.
Due to our Earth’s constant rotation the planets, stars and constellations in the heavens above are forever changing. As the time of year changes, so does the view above us. That means no two Planetarium shows are ever the same. While you sit in awe of what else is out there in our solar system, you’ll be learning in an hour what took a combination of so many other individuals centuries to learn. What an awesome way to spend a night!
With Butler located just a few miles from Broad Ripple Village you can turn an evening of star gazing into a whole day of fun. Get some exercise and fresh air on The Monon Trail. If you prefer to do your walking and running from store to store check out all the shopping Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple has to offer. When you can go no further, refuel at one of the many great Indianapolis restaurants. During the spring and summer months, why not get over to Butler’s campus a little before show time and take in the intoxicating sights and smells of the beautiful Holcomb Gardens. No matter what you decide to do beforehand, make sure your night ends with a front row seat to the greatest show in the universe. Our solar system!
For more information on the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium and the 38-inch Cassegrain telescope, check out their website link below.
Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
4600 Sunset Av
Indianapolis, IN 46208