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 during the fall, 2016 semester: Friday, October 7 and Friday, October 21.  Hours for both evenings will be 6:30 to 9:30 PM. As always, observing events will take place WEATHER PERMITTING. If the sky is cloudy, check our Facebook page for updates ( or phone 417 836-5131 after 5:00 PM on the date of the event to confirm whether or not the observing night will take place.  10/7 will feature the Moon and several planets; 10/21 will be a dark-sky event for viewing nebulas and galaxies. 

Please check the University's master calendar or follow the department's Facebook page for up-to-date information on the next event as well as for information on potential postponements due to adverse weather conditions.

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