The SIU Physics Department hosts several free public observations a year on our observation deck on top of the Neckers building. Most observations are on evenings when light pollution on campus is at a minimum. We typically observe bright sky objects such as the Moon, major planets, star clusters, nebula and some deep sky objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy. All observations are weather dependent and space limited. The observation deck is not handicap accessible, however we can arrange for telescopes to bet setup at ground level for individuals not able to take stairs to the obsevation deck. If you have a large group or other special needs, please contact the event coordinator to let them know in advance. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.
NOTE new times for September and November below.
Sunday, September 18, 7:30pm - 10pm
Free public astronomy observation hosted by the SIU Carbondale Physics Department at the Neckers observation deck. Visible this evening, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, M57, M31. The observation will include a presentation on the night sky. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.
Sunday, October 16, 8pm - 10pm Supermoon.
Free public astronomy observation hosted by the SIU Carbondale Physics Department at the Neckers observation deck. Visible this evening, The Moon, Venus, Saturn, Mars, Uranus, M31, M57. The observation will include a presentation on the night sky. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.
Sunday, November 27, 5:30pm - 7pm.
Free public astronomy observation hosted by the SIU Carbondale Physics Department at the Neckers observation deck. Visible this evening, Venus, Mars, Uranus, M31, M57, Orion Nebula. The observation will include a presentation on the night sky. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.
Alternate / Special Observations
Observation Deck and Telescopes
The observation deck is 624 square feet in size. It is built out of 2" thick rubber matting for vibration isolation. The primary telescope is a 14" Meade LX600. This computer guided telescope is used for all observation events as well as the lab portion of PHYS 103 (Astronomy). Several additional scopes are setup for observations as needed including Celestron 8" SCTs, a Coronado SolarMax II, and a Stelarvue SV105 Raptor (105mm refractor).
Previous Event Photos
June 5, 4:00pm - 10:30 pm. Special daytime solar observation - Transit of Venus. If you missed the transit, you can see photos of the event here. Special thanks to the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois as well as all the people who turned out and helped out on the day of the event.
What Can You See?
The most spectacular viewing is of the Moon and major planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars. On clear nights, you can easily see the rings of Saturn and detailed striations on Jupiter. Brighter objects such as the Great Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy and several clusters are also visible visually.
Dimmer deep sky objects are typically only visible during evenings with low humidity and not much cloud cover. On select night, deep sky cameras are utilized to display images of objects otherwise not visible though visual observations.wishing success quotes hsg pregnancy success stories success word success barbershop one meal a day success stories nextgen success community continued success lung cancer radiation success rate picture of success jack canfield success principles motivational success quotes topamax and phentermine weight loss success stories 2018 success emoji vasectomy reversal success rate success solution magnet of success other words for success success congratulations images standards for success parvo treatment success rate driving to success achieve success success nutrition facts quotes about success and failure success quote fedex lake success success in spanish agent tools for success fistula surgery success rate success stories of tinnitus going away ralph waldo emerson success herniated disc surgery success rate entrepreneurial success story success wallpaper success habits dds success hinge success stories tools for success innovative success systems reviews success leaves clues success nutrients team success quotes carpal tunnel surgery success rate l4 l5 fusion success rate fresh success the secret of my success allergy immunotherapy success rate success mantra ankle ligament surgery success rate how do you define success interview question success ed success coaching village club at lake success success good luck wishes to your success dress for success atlanta dress for success locations near me challenge success success spell rowan success network plan b success rate johnson and johnson vaccine success rate success criteria rowan success network jmu student success center motivational quotes about success ivf success rates by age no heartbeat at 8 weeks success stories 4 success realty how have fruits contributed to the success of angiosperms? dua for exam success eleven rings the soul of success embryo transfer success rates latin words for success metrics for success dress for success locations near me wellstar success factors grace stirs up success cast