The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, August 23, 2019
8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034
The Moon will not be visible for tonight’s session, so it will be a great night to view some dimmer objects.
Both Jupiter and Saturn will be in prime viewing location, with Jupiter in Scorpius and Saturn in Sagittarius. We should have great views of the 4 Galilean moons Io, Europa, Callisto and Ganymede.
Late summer is an excellent time to view many Messier objects in the Sagittarius and Scorpius regions. Open clusters M8, M7 and M6 will be visible as will globular clusters M22 and M4. Late summer and early fall is a good time to view the Ring Nebula which is the remnant of an exploded star found in Lyra. The globular cluster M13 in Hercules will be visible, as is one of the brightest globular clusters called M15.
The famous Double Cluster will also be available. The dark skies will allow us to see our nearest neighbor galaxy, the Andromeda galaxy. Also overhead is the summer asterism of the Summer triangle which comprises
the brighter stars Vega, Deneb and Altair (of Lyra, Cygnus and Aquila respectively). If it’s dark enough, we can take a look at our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy.
August skies are full of interesting stars to look at through the telescope. These include but aren’t limited to the double star Albireo in Cygnus, the double star Mizar in the handle of the Big Dipper and Antares in Scorpius.
Come spend the evening viewing the cosmos with your family, residents and non-residents are 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.