Missouri S&T observatory to hold April visitors’ night

The public is invited to view the planet Jupiter through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s telescope on Monday, April 3.

The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 10 p.m. that night for the viewing. The sky must be clear for observing and the session length will vary.

Viewings at the observatory are free of charge and no reservations are required. Each observing session is open-ended. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult. All visitors must be able to ascend a short set of stairs in order to view the object through the telescope.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and the largest in the solar system. It is a giant planet with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two and a half times that of all other planets in the solar system combined.

This is the fifth scheduled Visitors’ Night this semester. The final Visitors’ Night for the spring will take place on April 27. All viewings are subject to weather conditions.

Built in 1973, the Missouri S&T Observatory is located at 1550 N. Bishop Ave. (Highway 63 North), adjacent to the university’s Stonehenge replica, north of McNutt Hall and west of St. Patrick’s Lane.

For more information, or to have your email address added to an event notification mailing list for future updates and weather cancellation notices, contact Ken Goss by email at ken.goss@mst.edu.