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The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, March 22, 2019

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Information hotline: 314-213-8034

The Moon will be in a waning gibbous phase, so we will be able to see it until nearly 9:30pm.  If you stay toward the end of the session, you will be treated to a nice Moonrise.  
Mars will be visible along with Uranus in the west, all the other planets will be below the horizon.
Having the Pleiades, the Hyades, Mars and Uranus all in the west might make for some nice photos of the night sky.  Bring your camera!
The β€œCelestial Six-Pack” of winter constellations consisting of Auriga, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Taurus, Orion and Gemini are still in good position. They are marked by the stars that form a giant circle and include Sirius, Procyon, Pollux, Caster, Capella, Aldebaran, and Rigel  with  Betelgeuse in the middle. Leo, with it’s bright star Regulus is well positioned in the East.
M41 and M46 in Canis Major will be targets and we will see if we can find the planetary nebula in M46. We will also look at M44, the Beehive Cluster and  M42, the Great Orion Nebula in Orion, and the Double Cluster will also be targets
Come spend the evening viewing the cosmos with your family, residents and non-residents are welcome!  Students, who are accompanied by their parents, are especially welcome!  Please take note that the dome is not heated or cooled, so pay attention to the weather and dress in a manner that is appropriate for the evening temperature conditions.  If it is raining or cloudy, a planetarium program will be presented instead.