Several planets and other celestial objects will be visible after sunset in the night sky this fall, and amateur astronomers and curious skywatchers can view them, as well as a partial solar eclipse, through Missouri S&T’s 16-inch telescope.
Weather permitting, the S&T Astronomical Research Society will host free viewings throughout the fall semester at the Missouri S&T Observatory, located at 1550 N. Bishop Ave., near the university’s Stonehenge replica, north of McNutt Hall and west of St. Patrick’s Lane.
Viewings are planned for:
• Full moon – 8-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.
• Partial solar eclipse – 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
• Hercules Cluster – 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.
• Dumbbell Nebula – 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.
These viewings are free and open to the public; no reservation or ticket is required. Children are welcome at the observatory but must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors must be able to climb a small set of stairs to use the telescope for viewing.
For up-to-date information on viewings and schedule changes, please visit the S&T Astronomical Research Society’s Facebook page.