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 Saturday August 30, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.

The evening viewing begins with the crescent moon, Mars, and Saturn low in the southwestern sky. To the south shine the constellations of Scorpio and Sagittarius while high overhead wheels the summer triangle consisting of the stars Vega, Altair and Deneb. On this evening, provided the weather is clear, bright star clusters and double stars can be seen through telescopes.

On hand to guide viewing will be S.U. Fountainwood Observatory staff and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club. 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.

Fall 2014 Observatory Events

Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.

Public Night, Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Sunset 7:56 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 9:19 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 23% waxing crescent, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Public Night, Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Sunset 7:30 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 8:50 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 11% waning crescent, the Moon is not visible during the event.

Public Night, Saturday, Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 7:12 PM CDT. Astronomical twilight ends 8:32 PM CDT. Lunar Phase: 81% waxing gibbous, the Moon is above the horizon for the entire event.

Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Sunset 5:33 PM CST. Astronomical twilight ends 6:57 PM CST. Lunar Phase: 40% waning crescent, the Moon is not visible during the event.