About Hyde Observatory
Programs last about 20 minutes with 20 minute pauses in between so patrons can look through the telescopes between programs. Usually two programs are shown alternating throughout the evening. One programs is always a slide show about the current season's constellations.
A generous donation by Mrs. A. Leicester (Flora) Hyde (1902-1999), in memory of her late husband, along with donations by several foundations, organizations and individuals, made possible construction of the observatory as envisioned by the committee.
The observatory was opened to the public in 1977 and today it remains a totally volunteer-operated facility. Many of the volunteers are members of the Prairie Astronomy Club which holds it's monthly meetings at Hyde at 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month.
The planning committee set down a number of criteria for the observatory:
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