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The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, May 24, 2019

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Information hotline: 314-213-8034

The Moon will be in a waning gibbous phase, so we won’t be able to view it on our last session for the season.

Mars will be low in the West and Jupiter will rise during the last hour of the session.  Be sure to join us then as it will be the only opportunity for us to view the Galilean Moons for the season!  We have been missing the outer planets during this season!  Don’t miss this chance!

We will only have Gemini and Auriga left from the “Celestial Six-pack”  We will have a chance to view Antares in Scorpius along with the Moon late in the evening.  We will view M13, the globular cluster in Hercules and M44, the Beehive Cluster.  Open clusters M35 in Gemini, and M36, M37, and M38 in Auriga are also visible. The Summer Triangle of Vega, Altair and Deneb is starting to rise in the east and we will get a chance to view them by the end of the session.  The planetary nebula M57, the Ring Nebula will be visible near Vega.  We will look at a few double stars in the region, including the most beautiful double in the sky in the opinion of some, Albireo in Cygnus, Alcor and Mizar in Ursa Major, and Castor in Gemini

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.

Last session for the season!