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John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory

Stargazing, educational programs and planet viewing are offered to the community as well as campus. A yearly highlight is the Season of Light holiday show.

John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory
John Deere Planetarium

Planetarium and geology museum to host open house on May 11

365体育投注_365体育备用网址@ 365体育投注_365体育备用网址@'s John Deere Planetarium and Fryxell Geology Museum will be open to the public on Saturday, May 11, 2024, for an evening of stargazing and space shows. The planetarium, located at 820 38th Street, Rock Island, will be open from 8:30-10 p.m., with indoor and outdoor programs in the planetarium, observatory and geology museum.

School group programs are now available. Call 309-794-7318 for more information.

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The observatory features a Celestron C14 computer-driven 14-inch reflector telescope. The observatory is open to the public on special occasions.

Full-dome shows with new projector

The planetarium unveiled a new digital projection system in time for its annual Seasons of Light show in December 2018. (Read more)

A passion for the stars, a mission for 365体育投注_365体育备用网址@

In 1969, a Saturn V rocket thrust Apollo 11 towards the moon. That same year, 365体育投注_365体育备用网址@ 365体育投注_365体育备用网址@ threw open the doors to its new John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory. (Read more)


Open to the public during special events; call 309-794-7318 or email Jennifer Milner for more information or program appointments.


820 38th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201
United States

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