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.

Public Night, Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT

The evening viewing begins with a first quarter moon high in the southern sky. Below shine the constellations of Scorpio and Sagittarius while high overhead wheels the summer triangle consisting of the stars Vega, Altair and Deneb. On this evening, provided the weather is clear, bright star clusters and double stars can be seen through telescopes.

On hand to guide viewing will be S.U. Fountainwood Observatory staff and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club. Fountainwood Viewing Nights are always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field.

The Observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field.

For weather-related updates call the Fountainwood Observatory Hotline at 512/ 863-1242.

FALL 2015 OBSERVATORY EVENTS

Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.

Public Night, Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT
Sunset 8:07 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 9:30 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 50% - first quarter, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Public Night, SUNDAY, September 27, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT (Total Lunar Eclipse!)
(Total Lunar Eclipse!) Sunset 7:21 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 8:41 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 100% - Full Moon. Partial Eclipse begins 8:07 PM, Total Eclipse begins 9:11 PM, Eclipse Maximum 9:47 PM, Full Eclipse ends 10:23 PM, Partial Eclipse ends 11:27 PM.
Eclipse data from http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-september-28

Public Night, Saturday, Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM CDT
Sunset 6:57 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 8:18 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 16 % waxing crescent, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, Saturday, November 14, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST
Sunset 5:34 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 6:57 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 6% waxing crescent, the Moon is not visible during the event.