Join our space experts to enjoy an evening of space exploration through MOSI’s telescopes. SkyWatch stargazing events are located in the parking lot by the new MOSI entrance.

All Ages | Weather Permitting | No ticket or purchase required

January 23, 2021 (7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

The first SkyWatch of the New Year will be looking at some staples of the winter sky; the Orion Nebula, Pleiades star cluster, and Sirius. Mercury will be sinking toward the western horizon as the sun sets.

February 13, 2021 (7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

Mars will be at the zenith, or highest point of the sky. The planet hanging directly above should allow larger aperture telescopes a better chance at resolving the small planet with greater detail. Orion, Taurus, and the Pleiades star-cluster will remain in the sky for viewing.

March 20, 2021 (8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)

The switch to Daylight Savings will throw some for a loop, but Orion, Sirius, and the Pleiades will still be visible drifting to the west after sunset.

April 10, 2021 (8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)

The last SkyWatch of the season will bid a farewell to the Orion Nebula and Pleiades as they disappear from the spring sky and return late autumn. Leo the Lion will rise as the suns sets and with it the possibility if viewing the Leo galaxy triplets in clear skies. The optical double stars of Alcor and Mizar will be at prime viewing in the tail of Ursa Major which many also recognize as the asterism, the Big Dipper.