Missouri S&T Observatory to host double header Visitors’ Night this month

The public is invited to view Messier 13 and Messier 57 through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s telescope on Thursday, April 27.

The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors for viewing at 10 p.m., for Messier 13, and at midnight, for Messier 57. 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.

Messier 13, sometimes referred to as the Hercules Globular Cluster or the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, is a globular cluster of more than 300,000 stars. Messier 57, also known as the Ring Nebula, is a planetary nebula in the northern constellation of Lyra.

This is the sixth and final scheduled Visitors’ Night this semester. 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.