Public Observing Night at Baker Observatory

Baker Observatory at night.

You can visit the Baker Observatory for public viewing events conducted by the department.

It's free and families are welcome. We encourage you to carpool due to a limited parking area.

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

Viewing dates for Fall 2023

All dates are weather permitting. The day following a scheduled date is sometimes used as an alternative day should the weather be a factor.

Viewing Date Alternative Bad Weather Date
Friday, September 22, 8-10:30 pm
Saturday, September 23
Friday, October 20, 7:30-10 pm
Saturday, October 21
Friday, November 10, 7-9:30 pm
Saturday, November 11

Directions to Baker Observatory

The Baker Observatory is located in Webster County approximately 10 miles northwest of Marshfield, off Missouri Highway 38.


Baker Observatory
1766 Old Hillcrest Road
Fair Grove, MO. 65648

Where to park

Park facing left (south) in the parking lot. Please turn off your headlights immediately after you park.

A traffic attendant will be stationed at the intersection with Rose Bush Drive to direct parking.

What to bring and wear

  • A red flashlight
  • Sturdy, casual shoes or boots
  • Dress for the weather

To help us keep the site dark for better viewing, the red flashlight will help you see your way around the observatory entrance and grounds.

Red tape or cellophane over a regular flashlight is okay.

For postponement updates

As always, observing events will take place weather permitting. If the sky is looking cloudy, check our Facebook page for updates or call 417-836-5131 after 5 p.m. on the day of the event.

Other adverse weather conditions such as tornado watches can also cause event cancellations.

Please do not call before 5 p.m. on the day of the observing event, as it is unlikely that a decision will be made much before that.

Check the university's master calendar for all MSU happenings.

Observatory telephone

Staffed during events only:


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Baker Observatory Public Viewing