Observatory Location

RUCO is located on the roof of the Physics and Astronomy Brockman building, to the south of the North Parking Lot (direction away from the hedges/running track). The North lot and the smaller North Annex lot are both accessible from entrance 20 off Rice Blvd. The North Annex to the right of the first stop sign, is available for public parking for a nominal fee. Whether or not you will be able to use the North lot (on the left as you come in from Rice Blvd.) depends upon the time of day and the latest parking regulations. To get to Brockman from the North Annex lot, walk along Campanile Rd about 100 meters to the far eastern end of the North lot and proceed south (turn right). You will be able to see the dome on the roof from the east end of the North parking lot. Enter Brockman, take the elevator or stairs to the fourth floor, and go through the double doors to the observing terrace.

For major events the North Annex lot may fill up, but visitors can then use the Stadium parking lot about a half mile away. The Campus shuttle bus services the Stadium lot; ask the driver to direct you to the closest stop to Brockman. Note, when this page was written all campus shuttles stopped running at 10:40 pm, so keep this in mind when planning your trip. This problem is rare though, most of the time there will be parking available in the North Annex or even in the North lot itself. If you are on-campus after midnight, the only way to get off campus is to weave your way over to Entrance 8 on University Blvd. by the police station.

The following map was derived from Google Earth, with the new position of the observatory marked.