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, 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.
On hand to guide viewing will be S.U. Physics Department faculty and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club. Regular 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.
For weather-related updates call the Fountainwood Observatory Hotline at 512/ 863-1242.
SPRING 2015 OBSERVATORY EVENTS
Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.
Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Public Night, Sunday, March 1, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Public Night, Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
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.