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.

For the Academic year 2019-2020, the dates have been established for the SPRING 2019 semester: Friday, March 1, from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday, April 5, from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM, and Friday, May 10, from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM. All dates are weather permitting.

Please join us at our newly updated facility, and take this opportunity to use our new telescopes.

On March 1st we plan to look at planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulas, and galaxies through a variety of telescopes, ranging in size from our new 20" diameter PlaneWave reflector, to a Celestron 8" diameter telescope.  

The Saturday following the scheduled date is generally used as an alternate date should the weather be a factor.

For the FALL 2020 semester:  The date and time are to be announced.

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 event.  Note that 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. Be sure to follow the department's Facebook page for the latest updates on observing nights and other departmental events, and check the University's master calendar for all MSU happenings.   

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.

Observatory telephone (staffed during events only): 417-329-5570

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Baker Observatory Public Viewing