Louisville Astronomy Society’s Urban Astronomy Center
E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park 3000 Freys Hill Road
The LAS Urban Astronomy Center (UAC) is located in the Root Cellar Building at the back of E.P.“Tom”Sawyer State Park on Freys Hill Road in Louisville,Kentucky. Take the second park entrance off of Freys Hill Road and go to the end of the road. We are the third door on the right. Parking is to the left.
Established in 2007, the UAC features a classroom, education center, computer lab, restroom, kitchen and four acres of observing field. Several telescopes available for public viewing and our members bring their own scopes for the public to explore the wonders of the heavens.
We have plans to bring the UAC on-line in order to bring NASA programming and space images in to the public. Future plans call for a roll-off roof observatory in the observing field to house our Meade 16? SCT telescope. This will allow us to serve park visitors better as this scope needs a permanent location. Funding is being sought for the observatory project. Contact president John Turack via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Public Star Viewing Nights
Take A Virtual Tour Of The Solar System on the Starship Unbridled Spirit! Our members will also be setting up in the observing field starting at dusk on these nights. You can look through their telescopes at the planets and the moon or bring your own and we will teach you how to use it.
Our 2015 Star Party dates for Tom Sawyer are on Fridays and the date will vary from month to month. Check the opening page of this site for the next Star Party. Viewing begins at dusk. We welcome the public to join us for viewing of the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae and other wonders of the night sky as LAS members give our guests a look through their scopes.
Directions to the Urban Astronomy Center at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
In Louisville, take the Gene Snyder Expressway north from I-64 or south from I-71 to Westport Road exit. Take Westport Road west to Freys Hill Road, across from Home Depot. Take Freys Hill south to the second park entrance on your right. The UAC is in the Root Cellar Building at the end of this road past the BMX track and soccer fields. We are the third door on the right. Park behind the building or if the weather has been nice, on the side in the grass.
The UAC is available for group events. We invite senior citizen groups, church groups, school groups and scout packs and troops to book our facility for a private star party. Our scout coordinators can help girl scouts and boy scouts earn their astronomy badges. A small fee per person is charged for these events to cover the upkeep of our facilities.
James G. Baker Center for Astronomy Curby, Indiana
The LAS also owns 40 acres of land at a remote site in Crawford County, Indiana about one hour from downtown Louisville. Public star parties are normally held on Saturdays. Check the opening page of the site for the next Star Party at Curby. Note that we normally close the Curby location for the winter months of Dec, Jan and Feb. See this link on our website at http://louisville-astro.org/curby-dark-site. for directions.
To join the LAS, go to our website at www.louisville-astro.org and download a membership form. Memberships are $35. family, $30. individual, and $15. Senior (age 62) or student. All donations are tax deductible. We’ll see you in the dark somewhere!