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 The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, April 27, 2018
8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034

The Moon will at 93% in a waxing gibbous phase, and will be a bright view in the southeastern sky.  It will be between  the bright stars Porima and Spica.

Ceres will be high in the sky, and Jupiter will be rising at 8:46.  We will get a shot at viewing Jupiter's moons before the end of the session.  Jupiter and it's moons will be lined up on the other side of the sky near the bright star Spica, providing us a nice view.

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

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.

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