View the moon at the S&T Observatory this March

moon

Image courtesy of NASA

The public is invited to view the moon through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch-diameter telescope on Tuesday, March 7.

The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 8:30 p.m. that night for the viewing. The sky must be clear for observing and the session length will vary. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T Observatory to host February Visitors’ Night

venusThe public is invited to view the planet Venus through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Observatory event for Monday, April 11, canceled

Due to inclement weather, the Visitors Night at the Observatory event scheduled for tonight (Monday, April 11) has been canceled.

 

View Jupiter’s moons at Missouri S&T Observatory

Photo courtesy of NASA.

Jupiter. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The public is invited to view Jupiter’s moons, Io and Europa, as they cross over the face of Jupiter, through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope on March 14. [Read more…]

Visitors’ Nights at the Observatory to resume with viewing of Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Orion Nebula. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The public is invited to view the Great Orion Nebula, one of the brightest of its kind in the night sky, through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 7 p.m. that night for the viewing. The sky must be clear for observing and the session length will vary. [Read more…]

View the Pleiades at S&T Observatory Nov. 9

Photo of the Pleiades courtesy of NASA

Photo of the Pleiades courtesy of NASA

The public is invited to view the Pleiades, a group of stars known for their beauty, through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope on Monday, Nov. 9.

The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 7 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 observation 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.

The Pleiades, also called the Seven Sisters, is an open star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the most obvious to the naked eye. The cluster is made up of hot blue, luminous stars which have formed in the past 100 million years.

The observatory will host more viewings of celestial bodies next semester. There will be a viewing of the Great Orion Nebula on Feb. 10, Jupiter’s moons on March 14 and the Beehive Cluster on April 11. 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 krgvx4@mst.edu.

Visitors invited to view Jupiter and Mars at S&T Observatory

Mars. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Mars. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology Observatory will open its doors before dawn this weekend for visitors to view the conjunction of Jupiter and Mars through its 16-inch telescope. [Read more…]

Visitors’ Night at the S&T Observatory to feature viewing of Cygnus

The constellation Cygnus. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The constellation Cygnus. Photo courtesy of NASA.

The public is invited to view a cluster of stars in the constellation Cygnus through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope on Monday, Sept. 21. [Read more…]

Visitors’ Nights return this fall to the Missouri S&T Observatory

Photo courtesy of NASA.

Photo courtesy of NASA.

The public is invited to view Saturn and its rings through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch telescope on Thursday, Aug. 20. [Read more…]

View the moon and Jupiter at S&T’s Observatory on Oct. 10

The moon and Jupiter will be visible after sunset on Friday, Oct. 10, and amateur astronomers and curious skywatchers will be able to view them at Missouri S&T using its observatory’s 16-inch telescope.

Weather permitting, the Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 7:30 p.m. Visitors’ Night at the Observatory is free of charge and no reservations are required.

The observatory will offer an additional opportunity to view the moon and Jupiter this fall at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Viewing is subject to weather conditions.

Built in 1973, the Missouri S&T Observatory is adjacent to the university’s Stonehenge replica on Highway 63 North, north of V.H. McNutt Hall and west of St. Patrick’s Lane. For more information contact Dr. John L. Schmitt, associate professor of physics at Missouri S&T, at 573-341-4369 or email jschmitt@mst.edu.