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 CANCELLATION Sunday March 1, 2015

The Sunday March 1, 2015 Public Night at the Fountainwood Observatory is cancelled. According to the National Weather Service heavily overcast skies and a 40% chance of rain is predicted for Sunday night (03/01/15). Unfortunately it is not possible to view objects through heavily overcast skies. In addition there is little cover for the public at the observatory in the event that inclement weather occurs. For these reasons the event is cancelled. Please consider rescheduling your visit to the Fountainwood Observatory for the public Night on Saturday March 28, 2015, starting at 9:00 PM following the Yoga Under the Stars event.

SPRING 2015 OBSERVATORY EVENTS

Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.

Public Night, Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Sunset 6:00 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 7:23 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 19% waxing crescent, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Public Night, Sunday, March 1, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Sunset 6:29 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 7:49 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 83% waxing gibbous, the Moon above the horizon for the entire event.

Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Regular Public Viewing follows from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 7:47 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 9:08 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 59% waxing gibbous above the horizon for the entire event.

Public Night, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 8:05 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 9:31 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 43% waxing crescent, above the horizon for the entire event.