St. Thomas Observatory

 

If you are a student in PHYS 104, 154, or 354, please refer to your

class web page instead of this page for class-related activities.

 

 

Upcoming Events
Date Time Description

10/5/18 9:00 to 11:00 pm  Family Weekend event for everyone! Join us for a short presentation on an exciting astronomy topic, tours of our state of the art observatory, viewings through our fleet of portable telescopes, conversations with staff and students, a movie on the big screen, popcorn, and hot chocolate.

Backup plan: If weather stations predict too much cloud cover, we'll have the astronomy presentation in the 3M Auditorium in Owens Science Hall at 9pm. Check back here for updates.

 
More information about the Observatory
 

St. Paul Campus Map

The observatory is located on top of the Anderson Parking Facility.

 

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Clear Sky Chart

Click a square on the chart next to Cloud Cover to see a predictive cloud map.

 

Current Satellite Animation

You can change the "band" to get a different view.

 

General Weather Conditions

To show cloud cover on graph, click on 10-Day and then Customize.

 

Sky Map: What Can We See This Month?

Scroll half way down page for pdf download.

 

Contacts

Adam Green, Program Director, 651-962-5289, asgreen@stthomas.edu

Gerry Ruch, Technical Director, 651-962-5207, ruch6633@stthomas.edu

Rich Schuler, Physics Laboratory Manager, 651-962-5218, rich.schuler@stthomas.edu

 

Past Events


Sunday, May 6 movie at 8:45 pm

telescopes available at 9:15 pm
For everyone! Spring Semester Party at the Observatory. We'll give tours of the big telescope and set up several smaller telescopes for you to look through. We'll also set up about 100 chairs next to the observatory, show a movie on the big screen, and serve popcorn and hot chocolate.

 

11/7/17

 

700 - 9:00 pm

Event for all of St. Thomas: Halloween Party. We'll show a movie on a big screen next to the observatory and serve candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, and cider. Take a tour of the robotic telescope and look through several smaller telescopes. Last year we had 100 attendees!

In case of clouds, we'll postpone. Keep posted for updates.


10/24/17 7:15 pm

Private event for students of Cretin-Derham: Astronomy presentation followed by a tour of the observatory and use of several smaller telescopes.


10/18/17 8:00 - 10:00 pm

St. Thomas event: Academic Success Week. Students who attend Dr. Tom Hickson's talk in the 3M Auditorium are welcome to join us afterward at the Observatory. We'll give tours of the large telescope and set up several small telescopes for you to look through.


10/6/17 9:00 - 11:00 pm

Event for families of St. Thomas students: Family Weekend. Join us for an evening of astronomy. This event will begin with a short presentation on an exciting astronomy topic followed by a tour of our state of the art observatory. Special viewing through our fleet of small telescopes. Enjoy popcorn and hot chocolate with staff and students.

 

Backup plan: If the sky is cloudy but not rainy, we'll still meet at the observatory for a talk, a movie, and tours of the big telescope. If it rains, we'll have the talk and movie in the 3M Auditorium in Owens Science Hall at 9pm.


9/13/17 8:30 pm

Private training session for observatory assistants


9/12/17 8:30 pm

Private training session for observatory assistants


9/9/17 9:00 - 11:00 pm

Private St. Thomas event: Optional laboratory session for PHYS 347 students. Learn how to operate the small telescopes.