The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, September 22, 2017
8:00 p.m. ñ 10:00 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034
We will have a lovely 6% waxing crescent Moon for viewing low in the West until a little before 9 pm.
We will just miss Venus and Mars because they will set between 6 and 7 pm. Jupiter will remain visible low in the West until a little after 8 pm, so you would have to arrive early to see it. It will be the first object in the telescope tonight. Saturn is getting lower in the west, but we should still have it for viewing for another month or so. Uranus and Neptune have joined the group and will be visible in the East, with Uranus rising around 8 pm.
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 and globular clusters M22 and M4 will be visible. This might be the last time for the season to take a look at these spectacular objects!
We will take a look at the Wild Duck Cluster or M11 in Scutum . 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. 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).
September skies are full of interesting stars to look at through the telescope. We will test your eyesight with Alcor/Mizar in Ursa Major. We will also look at the most beautiful double star Albireo in Cygnus, the double-double star system in Lyra, and Antares in Scorpius.
If time permits, we may also do some hunting for a few galaxies since we donít have interference from Moonlight during this evening.
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
Below are the Dates for the Observatory for 2017-2018