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The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, April 26, 2019

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Information hotline: 314-213-8034

The Moon will be in a waning gibbous phase, and will not be visible this session.
Mars will be the only planet visible for the session for tonight.
Orion is setting in the West along with the Pleiades and Aldebaran and the Hyades, so we will not have a good opportunity to view the objects around this region for much longer.  This session might be our last with a good view of the “Celestial Six Pack” of constellations.  We will try a look at the open clusters in Auriga, M36, M37 and M38.  We will also view M44, the Beehive Cluster and M13, the globular cluster in Hercules.  The Double Cluster should also be visible.  We will look at a few double stars in the region, including  Alcor and Mizar in Ursa Major, and Castor in Gemini.  We will also take a look at M31 or the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest neighbor galaxy.
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.

Next Observatory Sessions

May 10, 2019 (early dismissal day)  8:30pm-10:30pm
May 24, 2019   8:30pm-10:30pm   Last session for the season!