Fountainwood OBSERVATORY

Southwestern’s large research-quality reflecting telescope was donated to the Physics Department by Max Allen, a local engineer and builder who was also an amateur astronomer. This instrument is used by faculty and students for research, and programs of general interest to the public are conducted each month during the academic year.

Fountainwood Viewing Nights are always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Next Public Viewing

Spring 2017 Observatory Events

Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.

February 4th, 2017

  • Fountainwood Observatory Public Night (canceled)
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

March 4th, 2017

  • Fountainwood Observatory Public Night (canceled)
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

    Sun and Moon data: Sunset 6:32 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 7:52 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 36% waxing crescent. The Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

May 19th, 2017

  • Fountainwood Observatory Public Night (Rain Date: May 20)
    8:00pm

    Sun and Moon data: Sunset 8:21 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 8:54 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 48% waning crescent. The Moon is not visible during event.

    Fountainwood Observatory Public Night and City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation
    Department Sunset Movie Series

    From dusk forward.