Public Viewing Schedule
Schedule a Private Viewing
Printable Moon Charts
Star Gazing in the LOU
The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, March 23, 2018
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034
The Moon will be in a waxing crescent phase, so we will actually get a nice view of its features for this session! We will be using high power to take a detailed look. If you have never viewed the Moon under high power, donít miss this chance.
Venus will be visible along with Uranus low in the west, so if you come early you will get an opportunity to view them.
Having the Moon, the Pleiades, the Hyades, Mars, Mercury and Uranus all in the west might make for some nice photos of the night sky. Bring your camera!
The “Celestial 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 itís 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.
Below are the Dates for the Observatory for 2017-2018