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, October 4, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034
The Moon is near first quarter and is sandwiched between Jupiter and Saturn in the middle of Sagittarius for this evening’s viewing. It will be a terrific target for some great views along the terminator, the line between light and dark on the Moon, where the shadows are long and really show off the mountains and craters.
Venus and Mercury will set
right after sunset. Jupiter and Saturn will be high in the South. We will see all four of the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, and Io will transit toward the end of the evening, Saturn’s moon Titan will also be visible Neptune will be visible for our session East of the Moon and Uranus will be visible after 8 pm.
Early fall has Scorpius setting and the Teapot in Sagittarius visible very low in the west. Globular cluster M13 Open clusters M7 or Ptolemy’s Cluster, and M6, the Butterfly Cluster, will be visible and globular clusters M3, M22 and M4 will also be visible. Next month we will trade these late
summer constellations for Auriga and Taurus.
The Pleiades, one of the most spectacular open clusters will be rising in the East and will be visible later in the session. They rise along with the bright star Capella in Auriga. The famous Double Cluster will also be available. We will be able to see our nearest neighbor galaxy, the Andromeda galaxy, if the skies are dark enough. 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).
We will try for Zeta Bootis, a double star in Bootes, as well as taking a look at and learning about Arcturus. These include but aren’t limited to the double star Albireo in Cygnus, the famous Double-Double in Lyra, and Antares in Scorpius.
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.