Missouri State University

Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science

Dr. Robert Patterson


I teach introductory and intermediate astronomy courses.

Current Courses

AST 115 Honors  "Basic Astronomy" MWF 12:55 to 1:45 P.M.

AST 315  "Lives and Deaths of Stars" TR 2:00 to 3:15 P.M.



I use telescopes and CCD cameras at Baker Observatory to measure brightness of Cepheid variable stars in order to learn more about their physical properties.  I am a faculty adviser in the NASA Missouri Space Grant Consortium.  NASA interns are paid to assist me with my research.

Current Research

Variability of Yellow Supergiant Stars.



In addition to committee work, I am the Faculty Advisor for the Ozarks Amateur Astronomers Club.

NASA Observing Night

Each semester, a public night is held at Baker Observatory to allow viewing through the telescopes there.