The historic Des Moines Observatory sits as a beacon for science amidst a golf course. Donated to Drake by Francis Marion Drake for whom the University is named, this observatory is a historical site of Iowa.
With the upkeep of the grounds by Des Moines, and the University keeping the insides intact, Astronomy nights every Friday highlight the observatory and its
history. Friday’s at 8, adjunct Drake professor, Herb Schwartz, lectures to anyone in the community about various astronomical topics. He also fields questions about space, and even the history of the observatory.
One thing Herb looks to change is the lack of relevance of the observatory. Unless you regularly attend astronomy nights, or golf the course that surrounds it, not many people know about this piece of American history. He hopes that the continuation of his lectures will better educate people in the community about the mysteries and won
ders of space.
Astronomy nights occur every Friday at the Drake Municipal Observatory at 8:00. The next lecture will be May 5 and it is titled, “Mysteries Yet to be Solved.”
For more information on astronomy nights and the observatory, visit: http://www.drake.edu/observatory/.