The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
THURSDAY, October 26, 2017
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034
Be sure to note, this observation session is on a THURSDAY instead of the usual Friday!
The Moon will be in a waxing crescent phase, and will be up for the entirety of the session.
Venus and Mars set before our session begins as does Jupiter. Saturn will be visible low in the west. It sets around 9:15. The blue discs of Neptune and Uranus will be visible in the Eastern half of the sky.
Taurus and Auriga are rising in the East and
the Pleiades are visible along with some of the open clusters in Auriga such as M36, M37 and M38. We will use the wide view telescope to view the Pleiades as it doesnít fit in our large telescope: Itís too big!
The asterism called the Coathanger will be one of our targets for this evening. It is found between Vega and Altair. While we are in the area, we will look at the Double Double star system in Lyra, Albireo in Cygnus and M57 or the Ring Nebula in Lyra. M13, the globular cluster in Hercules and M22 in Sagittarius will also be targets for the evening. We will also try for M5 and M3 before they set in the west.
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