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OAAC Observing Night at Baker Observatory

M13 - The Great Globular Star Cluster in Hercules
M13 – The Great Globular Star Cluster in Hercules

An Ozarks Amateur Astronomers Club observing night is planned at Baker Observatory for tomorrow evening, November 6th, starting at 6:30 pm.

Various deep sky objects such as planetary nebulae and the Andromeda Galaxy, as well as planets Uranus and Neptune should be visible.

We’ll post an update tomorrow afternoon if this event needs to be cancelled due to bad weather.

E-mail Astronomy@MissouriState.edu for more information about this event or about the Ozarks Amateur Astronomers Club.

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OAAC Astronomy Club Meeting

oaac nov 2 sky objects

 

The next Ozarks Amateur Astronomers Club (OAAC) meeting will be on Monday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in Kemper Hall room 206.

There will be a presentation of the Messier Catalog of deep-sky objects. This will include some of the best open and globular star clusters, nebulae, and other astronomical objects viewable in our region.

Refreshments will be served.

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Sunday’s Total Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon

Photo: AP, USA Today
Photo: AP, USA Today

The next observing session of the Ozarks Amateur Astronomers Club (OAAC) is scheduled for Sunday, September 27th.

We will view the total lunar eclipse that will occur that evening. It will be held near the bear statue outside the front entrance to the Plaster Student Union (north side) on the MSU campus. We will be setting up telescopes starting at around 6:30 p.m. to view the eclipse.

We will post notifications that afternoon if this event needs to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions, or you may call (417) 836-5131.

 

 

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Baker Observatory Public Viewing – Update

The Baker Observatory event scheduled for this evening has been postponed until tomorrow evening at the same time (7:30) and location (Marshfield).

We plan to look at the Moon, Saturn and its famous rings, double stars, star clusters, nebulas, and galaxies through a variety of telescopes. The event will only be held if the weather is favorable.

The Observatory is located at 1766 Old Hillcrest Road in Webster County. A traffic attendant will be at the intersection with Rose Bush Drive to direct parking. Please use a red-cellophane-covered flashlight to find your way around the Observatory grounds and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.

Directions to the Observatory at this link

Link to Map

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Baker Observatory Public Viewing

The Missouri State University Baker Observatory will be open for public viewing twice this fall 2015.

There will be a “Family Weekend” event at the Observatory, “A Night Under the Stars,” from 7:30 – 10:30 on September 11th.

The following Friday, September 18th from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m is the regularly scheduled NASA Public Observing Night.

We plan to look at the Moon, Saturn and its famous rings, double stars, star clusters, nebulas, and galaxies through a variety of telescopes.  The event will only be held if the weather is favorable.  The rain date will be the following night at the same time.

The Observatory is located at 1766 Old Hillcrest Road in Webster County. A traffic attendant will be at the intersection with Rose Bush Drive to direct parking. Please use a red-cellophane-covered flashlight to find your way around the Observatory grounds and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.

Directions to the Observatory

 

Baker Observatory
Baker Observatory
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Professor to use Kepler spacecraft to study stars

Dr. Michael Reed, professor in the department of physics, astronomy and materials science, received a grant for $12,000 from NASA for his projected titled “Understanding Extreme Horizontal Branch Stars via Asteroseismology.” The project will use NASA’s Kepler spacecraft to look at small variations in brightness of stars.

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Scoping out the sky: Professor eyes Earth-like planet

Are there planets out there like ours? Could they be capable of sustaining life? It’s questions like these that have been motivating Dr. Peter Plavchan, assistant professor of astronomy at Missouri State University, as he has been studying planets that orbit other stars besides our sun, known as exoplanets.

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