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.

SATURDAY, March 28, 2015
Yoga fundraiser from 8:00 PM CDT to 8:45 PM CDT
Free Public Night from 9:00 PM CDT to 10:30 PM CDT

Join Moksha Yoga at the Southwestern University Fountainwood Observatory to experience yoga and explore celestial wonders with telescopes under the night sky. The yoga portion of the evening will be lead by Anna Easterling. On hand to guide viewing will be S.U. Physics Department faculty and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club. The yoga session will be held from 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM.

Following the yoga practice at 9:00 PM various telescopes will be available to look through. The viewing portion of the evening is free and open to the general public. We respectfully ask the general public not participating in the yoga practice to wait till 9:00 PM so that a quiet and meditative atmosphere can be maintained for those participating in the yoga practice.

Proceeds collected at the event will help support the education and public outreach efforts of SU's Fountainwood Observatory. Suggested donation amount for attending is $5 to $10.

Space is limited for the yoga practice. Please RSVP to: yogaunderthestarsevent@gmail.com

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.
Sunset 6:00 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 7:23 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 19% waxing crescent, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Public Night, Sunday, March 1, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Sunset 6:29 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 7:49 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 83% waxing gibbous, the Moon above the horizon for the entire event.

Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Regular Public Viewing follows from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 7:47 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 9:08 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 59% waxing gibbous above the horizon for the entire event.

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.