A Night at The Pattonville Observatory

The Pattonville Observatory and Planetarium Public Viewing Session

195 Fee Fee Road (behind Heights)

Friday, November 8, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Website: http://observatory.psdr3.org

Information hotline: 314-213-8034

The Moon is in a waxing gibbous phase, so it will be prominent in the skies for our session tonight.

Jupiter will set right after our session begins and Saturn will set later in the session, so get there early if you want a chance to see them! The blue gas-giants Uranus and Neptune will be in the eastern sky but they will be near the Moon so viewing will be difficult. Pluto is visible, but is just too dim to be seen with our telescope under light polluted skies.

Taurus and Auriga are rising in the East and the Pleiades are visible along with some of the open clusters in Auriga such as M36, M37 and M38. We will use the wide view telescope to view the Pleiades as it doesn’t fit in our large telescope: It’s too big! Just below the Pleiades are the Hyades, another very large open cluster of stars.

The asterism called the Coathanger will be one of our targets for this evening. It is found between Vega and Altair. While we are in the area, we will look at the Double Double star system in Lyra, Albireo in Cygnus and M57 or the Ring Nebula in Lyra. M13, the globular cluster in Hercules, M16, the Eagle Nebula, and M11, the Wild Duck Cluster will also be targets for the evening.

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.