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Tonight's Observatory Session has Been Cancelled
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The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, January 12, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034
The Moon will be in a waning crescent phase, so it will not be visible the entire session. It will give us an opportunity to view some objects that are dimmer than we can see when the Moon is up!
Neptune will be visible in the low western skies and Uranus will also be visible a little higher. Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury will all be below the horizon during our
Tonight is a good night to talk about the “Celestial Six-Pack” of winter constellations consisting of Auriga, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Taurus, Orion and Gemini. They are marked by the stars Sirius, Procyon, Pollux, Caster and Capella as well as Betelgeuse, Rigel and Aldebaran.
Taurus and Auriga are well placed in the East and the Pleiades are visible along with some of the open clusters in Auriga such as M36, M37 and M38. The Orion Nebula or M42 will be well placed in the eastern sky and the spectacular cluster known as the Beehive Cluster or M44 will be rising in the east.
The Summer Triangle, Vega, Deneb and Altair, is setting in the west. Albireo, a magnificent blue and gold double will be visible, and M15 (early), M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest neighbor and the Double Cluster will also
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