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.

YOGA UNDER THE STARS: A Fundraiser for Education and Public Outreach Activities at the Fountainwood Observatory

Cancellation Notice: The Nov. 15, 2014 YOGA UNDER THE STARS event is canceled. The National Weather Service is predicting cold and cloudy weather on the evening of Nov. 15. While it will be warmer than in recent days it will still be too cool for the yoga practice to be comfortable. In addition cloudy skies are predicted and it is not possible to view objects through overcast skies. Public Nights at the Fountainwood Observatory, including a rescheduled yoga under the stars event, will resume in the Spring 2015 semester. A new schedule will be posted in mid January 2015.

Fall 2014 Observatory Events

Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.

Public Night, Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Sunset 7:56 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 9:19 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 23% waxing crescent, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Public Night, Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Sunset 7:30 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 8:50 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 11% waning crescent, the Moon is not visible during the event.

Public Night, Saturday, Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 7:12 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 8:32 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 81% waxing gibbous, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 5:33 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 6:57 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 40% waning crescent, the Moon is not visible during the event.