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 January 24, 2015 , 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
The evening viewing begins with a waxing crescent moon low in the southwest sky at sunset. Bright winter constellations wheel overhead and brilliant Jupiter can be seen in the east and will be well placed for viewing by 9:00 PM. These and other celestial wonders will be available for public viewing through a variety of telescopes.
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.
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.