The public is invited to view the Pleiades through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s 16-inch-diameter telescope on Tuesday, Dec. 12. All viewings are subject to weather conditions.
The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 8 p.m. for the viewing. This is the sixth and final scheduled Visitors’ Night this semester. The sky must be clear for observing, and the session length will vary.
Viewings at the observatory are free of charge and no reservations are required. Each observing session is open-ended. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult.
The Pleiades is one of the brightest clusters in the sky and as such is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. It is also among the nearest star clusters to Earth.
Built in 1973, the Missouri S&T Observatory is located at 1550 N. Bishop Ave. (Highway 63 North), adjacent to the university’s Stonehenge replica, north of McNutt Hall and west of St. Patrick’s Lane.