Public invited to fall astronomy observations

Public invited to fall astronomy observations

September 04, 2013

By Tiana Russell


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Physics is hosting several evening opportunities to view the moon, the stars and neighboring planets this fall.

The free public viewing will be on the observation deck of the James W. Neckers roof, above the building’s A wing, at 1245 Lincoln Drive.  All observations are dependent upon weather, and viewing space is limited.  Children accompanied by adults are welcome.

The next observation is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, when Saturn, Venus and the moon will be visible just after sunset.  Later in the evening, Neptune, Pluto, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Ring Nebula should also be visible.  Event organizers will also include a presentation on the night sky.

Other scheduled viewings this fall are:

For more information, contact Robert Baer, a specialist in the Department of Physics, at 618/453-2729 or by email at Information is also available at, or the department’s Facebook page at