Welcome to the Van Allen Observatory website. The University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy maintains these pages as a guide to the Van Allen Observatory (VAO) located on the roof of Van Allen Hall in downtown Iowa City.

Please note that due to summer 2024 Van Allen Hall roof renovations, the Van Allen Observatory will be closed for the vast majority of summer 2024. Please contact Caroline Roberts at 319-467-1481 for any questions about the current availability of the Van Allen Observatory.

View of Phillips, Van Allen, Biology Buildings via Drone Sept 2021

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