HILLSBORO — In connection with the partnership between Jefferson College and the St. Louis Astronomical Society (SLAS) to develop an observatory site on the Hillsboro campus, the College will host several informational “Aim for the Stars” observation nights throughout 2022 for those who want to learn more about astronomy.
There is no cost to participate in any of the monthly educational programs, led by Jefferson College faculty and SLAS members.
As the first phase of site development is complete, the observatory location is being used by the College as a teaching and learning opportunity for students enrolled in undergraduate science and astronomy classes in connection with lab assignments and in-class discussions.
The observatory is located near the Jefferson College Softball Field, north of the Hillsboro campus on Farm Road. It is the first public observatory in Jefferson County affiliated with SLAS. At present, the closest observatory to the site at Jefferson College is located in St. Charles.
Designed to appeal to community members of all ages, “Aim for the Stars” events provide an overview of plans for the Jefferson College Observatory, help viewers learn how to navigate the night sky, include discussions about items that can be seen at that time, and preview upcoming astronomy events of interest. Each observation night will be held either virtually or in-person at the observatory site depending on weather and campus COVID-19 restrictions.
All “Aim for the Stars” events will be held on the first Sunday evening of each month beginning at sunset as follows:
Special Event – May 15 lunar eclipse – starts at sunset (8:07 p.m.) with eclipse starting at 8:30 p.m. and eclipse maximum at 11:11p.m.