NASA Public Observing Night at Baker Observatory

The public may visit the Baker Observatory during public viewing events that are conducted by the PAMS Department. It's free and families are welcome. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking area.

Two dates have been established for the spring 2017 semester: Saturday, March 25, and Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Hours for Saturday, 3/25 will be 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM.  Hours for the April event on Saturday, 4/29 will be 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM.  As always, observing events will take place WEATHER PERMITTING. If the sky is looking cloudy, check our Facebook page for updates ( or phone 417-836-5131 after 5:00 PM on the day of the events.  Other adverse weather conditions such as tornado watches can also cause event cancellations. Please do not phone before 5:00 PM on the day of the observing event, as it is unlikely that a decision will be made much before that.

Please check the University's master calendar for all of our department's events.  Also,  you can follow the department's Facebook page for the latest updates.

Directions to the Baker Observatory

The Baker Observatory is located in Webster County approximately 10 miles northwest of Marshfield, off Missouri Highway 38, at 1766 Old Hillcrest Road. A traffic attendant will be stationed at the intersection with Rose Bush Drive to direct parking. PARK FACING LEFT (SOUTH) IN THE PARKING LOT. TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER PARKING.

GPS coordinates: 37.400127 -93.041723

NOTE: To help us keep the site dark for better viewing, please bring a red flashlight to see your way around the Observatory entrance and grounds. Red tape or cellophane over a regular flashlight is okay. Wear sturdy, casual shoes or boots and dress for the weather.

This event can only occur with clear skies, and the determination of status usually can't be made before 5:00. A phone hotline will be set up at 417-836-5131 with a recorded message, as well as Web updates.

Observatory telephone (during the event): 417-329-5570

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Baker Observatory Public Viewing