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The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, February 23, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034

The Moon will be in a First Quarter phase, so we will have excellent views of objects on the surface!  Once again, it is in Taurus, close to Aldebaran and the Hyades.  It should be terrific viewing!

Mars and Uranus will be close together in the western sky. Venus will also be visible.   We might also try to locate the large asteroid Ceres, that other object that was “demoted” from planetary status!

The “Celestial Six-Pack” of winter constellations consisting of Auriga, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Taurus, Orion and Gemini are in great position and will be with us for the next couple of months. They are marked by the stars Sirius, Procyon, Pollux, Caster and Capella as well as Betelgeuse, Rigel and Aldebaran.  Leo, with itís bright star Regulus is also up in the east.  

We will look at the  Pleiades or M45 in Taurus, M36, M37 and M38 in Auriga, M42 the Great Orion Nebula in Orion, M44 the Beehive Cluster in Cancer, and M35 in Gemini.   M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest neighbor and the Double Cluster will also be targets, especially since there will not be any Moon interference.  Galaxies M81 and M82 are also good targets in a moonless sky

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.

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