Welcome to the University of Missouri - St. Louis Observatory
Schwartz Observatory
Welcome to the UM-St. Louis Schwartz Observatory Web Site. Located on the campus of UM-St. Louis, the observatory is used for astronomical research and for public education. It houses a 14" Celestron telescope and an SBIG ST-8 CCD.


Public Astronomy at UM-St. Louis
Sponsored in part by the NASA Space Grant Consortium

Here at UM-St. Louis, we have an active public outreach program at our observatory and the planetarium.  From February through November each year, we host open houses. During these popular events, the public is invited to visit the observatory where a student or volunteer will point the telescope at various objects of interest, point out constellations, and answer general astronomy questions. For our current schedule, please see the link below.

2009 Open House Schedule

The Observatory phone number is (314)516-5706. This number has a message describing the next open house. After 6 p.m. on scheduled open house days, the message will be changed if there is a cancellation due to weather.

If you have a large group (30 or more), a special open house may be scheduled for your group. Contact the Physics Department at (314) 516-5931 and they will point you to the right person.

Note! The Schwartz Observatory has moved! All future public observing sessions will be held at our new location on North campus near the Fine Arts Building!

Directions to the Schwartz Observatory