Star Gazing

Come enjoy the night sky from right here in Edwardsville! The SIUE Astronomy Viewing Sessions are open to the public on even-dated Thursdays after sunset at the William C. Shaw Skylab on the north edge of campus.

Photo by Dan Brandon. Click to embiggen!

Spring 2015

There will be NO public star gazing February 26th for inclement weather. Our next date is March 12th at 8:30pm.

The fall sessions are being hosted by Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, postdoctoral fellow with the SIUE STEM Center. Note new phone number! Please call 618-650-3065 after 6pm on the day of the session to see if we are open, as bad weather and other schedule conflicts may occur. Our start time will be changing with the season, so see calendar below for times we are open. Click for Edwardsville, Illinois Forecast

Spring 2015 Dates and Times! 

  • January 22nd, 7pm – CLOSED
  • February 19th, 7pm – CLOSED
  • February 26th, 7pm – CLOSED
  • March 12th, 8:30pm
  • March 26th, 8:30pm
  • April 2nd, 9pm
  • April 16th, 9pm
  • April 30th, 9pm
  • May 14th, 9pm
  • May 28th, 9pm

Directions to the Shaw Skylab

Get written and photo directions to the William C. Shaw Sky Lab. You can also use Google Maps, but please note that the mobile version of Google Maps may give the wrong location. Visitors are encouraged to download and print/write down directions before leaving! (If you are on your way and believe you are lost, call 434-260-1731 for directions.)

More Information

At our sessions, you can:

  • Take a constellation tour.
  • Get a close-up view of the Moon and planets.
  • See deep sky objects through one of our telescopes.
  • Have your burning astronomy questions answered!

Current astronomical equipment in use features an 8-inch Celestron from the STEM Resource Center and a 90-mm Questar from the Physics Department . Bring binoculars or a telescope if you have them, but it’s not required. We do, however, encourage that you to bring:

  • warm clothing, as nights can be unexpectedly chilly.
  • tennis shoes.
  • a flashlight, preferable with a red filter or red cellophane.
  • bug spray.
  • friends and family.
  • star charts or maps.
  • snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • a lawn chair or blanket.

Smoking and alcohol are prohibited at the observatory.

For other information on viewing sessions, including to pre-schedule group sessions, please contact Dr. Tom Foster at tfoster@siue.edu or 618-650-3049, or Dr. Nicole Gugliucci at ngugliu@siue.edu or 618-650-3065.

Current observing conditions. Click image for explanation!

See Observing Dates on the STEM Center calendar:

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