Behlen Observatory exterior

Behlen Observatory houses a 30" Cassegrain telescope constructed by Boller and Chiven. Owned and operated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Physics and Astronomy, it was constructed in 1972 through donations from Walter Behlen of Columbus, Nebraska, who founded Behlen Manufacturing and was a long-time patron of the sciences.

Several nights of the year, Behlen Observatory is open to the public for observing the sky, listening to talks by Nebraska scientists, and watching demonstrations by UNL's Society of Physics Students. Check back for announcements regarding future events.

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People digging a hole near Behlen Observatory to install a radio telescope array

NASA Nebraska Space Grant recipients dig a hole near Behlen Observatory for the installation of their radio telescope array.