Doaneâs Boswell Observatory to be Open Commencement Weekend
Doane’s historic Boswell Observatory will be open to the public Friday, May 12 of Commencement weekend. From 8:30-10 p.m., viewers can use the historic telescope for sky viewing, with Dr. Mark Plano Clark, associate professor of physics and astronomer, as their guide. Built in 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Boswell Observatory still retains its original 8-inch equatorial refractor telescope. The building’s sheet-metal covered dome is mounted on rollers and revolves 360 degrees to provide horizon-to-horizon viewing. Guests are also welcome to view Boswell’s mini-museum, with its vintage engineering instruments relating to 19th and early 20th century astronomy, weather-recording, and surveying. Many items in the collection were used by college founder Thomas Doane when he built the Burlington and Missouri River rail line across Nebraska. Should inclement weather cancel the sky-viewing, the building will still be open to the public.