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.

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.
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.