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The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, February 8, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Information hotline: 314-213-8034

 The Moon is in a waxing crescent phase for this evening, so it will be a great view for the evenings session.  We will focus on craters and mountains near the terminator, the line between light and dark on the Moons surface. We will look for shadows on the lighted side and mountains sticking up in the dark side!
 Neptune sets almost as the session begins, so it is likely not to be a target. Mars is visible in the west very close to Uranus.  All of the other visible planets are below the horizon for our session.
The β€œCelestial Six-Pack” of winter constellations consisting of Auriga, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Taurus, Orion and Gemini are in great position and will be with us for the next couple of months. They are marked by the stars Sirius, Procyon, Pollux, Caster and Capella as well as Betelgeuse, Rigel and Aldebaran.  Leo, with it’s bright star Regulus is now joining the group in the East.
  We will look at the  Pleiades or M45 in Taurus, M36, M37 and M38 in Auriga, M42 the Orion Nebula in Orion, M44 the Beehive Cluster in Cancer, and M35 in Gemini.   M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest neighbor and the Double Cluster will also be targets,    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.