Public Viewing Schedule
Schedule a Private Viewing
Printable Moon Charts
Star Gazing in the LOU
The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium
Public Viewing Session
195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)
Friday, January 26, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Information hotline: 314-213-8034
The Moon will be in a waxing gibbous phase and will be right in the middle of the Hyades, the large open cluster in Taurus. It could make for some great photographs of the sky in that area. It will be close to Aldeboran.
The only planets visible tonight are the blue gas-giants Uranus and Neptune. Neptune will only be visible only for a short while before it sets. All of the other visible planets are below the horizon.
The “Celestial 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.
Taurus and Auriga are well placed in the East and the Pleiades are visible along with some of the open clusters in Auriga such as M36, M37 and M38. Orion will be just above the horizon right at the end of our session. If itís not too hazy, we might get a look at the great Orion Nebula or M42 as well as M35 in Gemini.
M44, the Beehive Cluster, is a large open cluster in Cancer rising in the East. It should be spectacular in the darker skies that are not polluted with light from the Moon. M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest galactic 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.
Below are the Dates for the Observatory for 2017-2018