The Eastern Missouri Dark Sky Observers will be holding their first public stargazing event in 2018 at East Central College Observatory on the ECC campus this Saturday evening , March 24th, 2018, beginning at dusk. Park under the ECC water tower and follow signs to the observatory. If cloudy or inclement weather, stargazing will be canceled. EMDSO club members will be present with their telescopes to assist attendees viewing visible solar system objects and deep sky objects.
The sky is in transition from the winter constellations to summer constellations. Venus can be viewed in the early evening with the Moon. A few of the deep sky objects that can be seen are galaxies in Ursa Major, Double Cluster in Perseus , the Great Nebula in Orion, the Beehive Cluster in Cancer, and many other objects.
Starting in April, EMDSO will offer stargazing at ECC on the third Saturday of each month April-October in 2018. Contact phone number: EMDSO President, Rick Schwentker at 1-636-667-2337 (cell) or email rschwentcenturytel.net."