On a clear night, bring your family, scout group, or organization to the Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy Viewing Area in Defiance, to discover stars and constellations in the night sky through the largest public-viewing telescope in Missouri and other complex telescopes. These educational Friday Night Public Stargazing events are free and are hosted by members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM). Stargazing begins 30 minutes past sunset and can last into the night; social distancing is required.
During Friday Night Public Stargazing events, guests ages 7 and up and at least 48-inches tall are invited to climb to the top of the 32-inch Dobsonian telescope to view deep-space objects in the sky, such as distant galaxies, the Great Orion Nebula (M42), globular star clusters, a Supernova Remnant (M1) and so much more! When using this massive and powerful scope, objects in the sky will appear brighter and with more clarity and detail. Other high-powered telescopes focusing on different constellations and stars in the sky will be available for viewing as well.
Friday Night Open House (FNOH) at the Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy Area where the club maintains three large telescopes (14-in, 16-in and 32-in) plus any number of smaller instruments for public viewing. These events are every Friday night - weather permitting - and start at the later of 7:00 pm (Winter) or at Sunset (Spring, Summer, Fall) and usually last for 2 hours or so.