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.
Public Night, Sunday, March 1, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Public Night, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Best of Austin
The Austin Chronicle gave the Fountainwood Observatory a Best of Austin Award. Read what they said about the observatory’s public viewing nights here.