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Public Outreach Telescope Viewings / Events. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND See SLAS officers for a flyer that has more information…. Other Stargazing Events in Francis Park (in St. Louis Hills near Ted Drewes) THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND

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Public Outreach Telescope Viewings / Events


See SLAS officers for a flyer that has more information….


Other Stargazing Events in Francis Park

(in St. Louis Hills near Ted Drewes)


January 7 (10-day old Moon)

February 4 (10-day old Moon)

March 4 (8-day old Moon)

April 1 (6-day old Moon)

May 6 (12-day old Moon)

June 3 (11-day old Moon)

Public stargazing sessions and outreach at Francis Park (in St. Louis Hills near Ted Drewes), weather permitting. Anyone interested is welcome to join us. Feel free to bring observing gear or just stop by and take a look. Observing location is on Tamm Avenue at Itaska Street, next to the sidewalk. Event cancelled if skies are clouded out or for precipitation.

Stargazing sessions are presented by the Saint Louis

Astronomical Society

and hosted by Bill and Rita Breeden.


Highway 40 or 44 to Hampton Ave South

Go South on Hampton to Eichelberger Ave

Turn RIGHT on Eichelberger Ave (at the Dairy Queen)

Turn RIGHT on Tamm Ave.

Go two blocks, and park on the same side of the street as the park,

at the cross-street Itaska Street. We set up next to the sidewalk.


Francis Park closes at 10:00 PM.

Restrooms are located in a nearby playground

but are sometimes locked. Nearest restrooms

are at the Dairy Queen the intersection of

Hampton Ave. and Eichelberger Ave.


St. Louis Science Center Public Telescope Viewing Sessions

Every second Friday of the month (except Nov. & Dec.)

Next Public Telescope session;

Friday, January 9, 2008

FREE telescope viewing

FREE Parking

FREE planetarium show at 7pm

Sunset: 16:57

Civil twilight ends: 17:27

Nautical twilight ends: 18:00

Astronomical twilight ends: 18:32

Venus is SW, Mercury very low in SW at end of Civil Twilight.

A nearly full moon rise in the East at 15:17.

Public Telescope night on the archery field next to the SLSC Planetarium in Forest Park starting at dusk and going until 10pm. Come join us for a free look at the night sky through a variety of telescopes.

The St. Louis Science Center will also feature the free "Sky Tonight" seasonal night sky show at 8pm. in the Orthwein Starbay inside the planetarium. This planetarium presentation will be a tour of the constellations and planets of this month.


upcoming slas educational outreach star parties volunteers needed

Upcoming SLAS Educational / Outreach Star Parties – Volunteers Needed!

If you can help, contact Star Party Coordinator

(K. Michael Malolepszy


The Starry Messenger: A Tale of the Father of Modern Science

A play by Rick Foster about Galileo Galilei.

Final Public Performance - December 20 at the Upstream Theater (314) 863-4999

305 South Skinker Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Directed by Nicholas Tamarkin and featuring local Equity actors Pamela Reckamp and John Bratkowski, this stage production of A Starry Messenger is a show for all ages. A biography of Galileo Galilei and a fascinating exploration of science in society; using humor and drama, A Starry Messenger presents Galileo's scientific discoveries amidst the the historical situation of the 1600s and the conflicts betwen religion, philosophy, and the new-born scientific method.


SLAS Members get “Youth” rate ($10)

SLAS volunteers w/scope get up to 2 free adult tickets

(Volunteers must RSVP w/Mike 314-781-4701)

Astronomical Conditions for Sunday, Dec. 20, 2008:

Sunset: 16:42; Civil twilight ends: 17:12; Nautical twilight ends: 17:45;Astronomical twilight ends: 18:18

Jupiter (~14 deg EL) and Venus (~26.4 deg EL) low in the SW at 5:15 pm. No Moon visible - rises after midnight.


January 9, 2009 (Fri) 7-9 p.m Moon Madness Night

Center for Creative Learning, 255 Old State Road Ellisville, MO 63021

90 families expected at this semi-annual event. NOTE: This is the same evening as our Science Center Public Telescope night. If you can help, contact Star Party Coordinator (Michael Malolepszy

Sunset: 16:57; Civil twilight ends:17:27;Nautical twilight ends: 18:00; Astronomical twilight ends: 18:32. Illumination of lunar disk: 97%; Moon rise at 15:17 (Full moon: 21:27 Sat., January 10, 2009). At end of Civil Twilight (17:27) Venus is in SW, Mercury & Jupiter just above SW Horizon. A nearly full moon in east.


2009 Budget

  • SLAS Bucks
  • Seasonal Merchandise

SLAS Bucks

November Results:

6 Events

15 Volunteers



How many thousands saw us at the parade or on television?


SLAS Merchandise

Shirt Prices:

Polo $25.00

Buttondown $36.00

Sweats $8.00

Tees $10.00

Mugs & Cups $4.00

Caps $13.00

New Merchandise Chairperson needed by 12/31/2008


Next Month:

Kick-Off Event:

Friday, January 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm

James S. McDonnell Planetarium

Guest Speaker: Dr. Pamela Gay

Professor of Physics and Astronomy

SIU Edwardsville

Join us for a special event celebrating the 400-year anniversary of when Galileo first turned a telescope toward the stars.