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 Meade LX-200 with Schmidt-Cassegrain* optics and a 16” primary mirror has a digital CCD camera for taking digital images that can be viewed and processed on a computer. 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 Saturday April 5, 2014

The Saturday April 5, 2014 Public Night at the Fountainwood Observatory is Cancelled. The National Weather Service is predicting cloudy weather with a 40% chance of thunderstorms Saturday night (04/05/14). 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.  Public Nights will begin again in September 2014. The new schedule will be posted in late August 2014.

Spring 2014 Fountainwood Observatory Events

Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.

Public Night, Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST. Sunset 6:13 PM CST.
Astronomical twilight ends 7:35 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 69% waxing gibbous, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Public Night, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Sunset 6:34 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 7:54 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 52% waxing gibbous, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 7:48 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 9:09 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 1% waning crescent, the Moon is not visible during the event.

Public Night, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 7:52 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 9:14 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 35% waxing crescent, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.