Ongoing Astronomy Events

Public Astronomy Observations

Hosted by SIU Carbondale Physics

The SIU Physics Department hosts several free public observations a year on our observation deck on top of the Neckers building. Most observations are on evenings when light pollution on campus is at a minimum. We typically observe bright sky objects such as the Moon, major planets, star clusters, nebula and some deep sky objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy. All observations are weather dependent and space limited. If you have a large group or have special needs, please contact the event coordinator to let them know in advance.  The observation deck is not handicapped accessible, however we can arrange for telescopes to bet set up at ground level as long as we have advance notice.  Children accompanied by adults are welcome.

Observation Schedule

Spring / Summer 2017

Sunday, February 5, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Neckers Observation Deck

Sunday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Neckers Observation Deck

Sunday, April 2, 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Neckers Observation Deck

Sunday, May 7, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Neckers Observation Deck

Sunday, June 4, 9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Neckers Observation Deck

Sunday, July 9, 9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Neckers Observation Deck

Additional information on free public astronomy observations is at:


Alternate / Special Observations

Campus and community groups can arrange special observation on campus, or we can bring telescopes to you. To make arrangements, contact Bob Baer at 618-453-2729,


Upcoming Workshops

Imaging the Eclipse: Spring 2017 Workshop Series

Three workshops on imaging the total solar eclipse.  The workshops will start with the very basic ways you can image the eclipse with any camera, and go on to cover imaging with small telescopes and DSLR cameras.

Workshop 1: Bob Baer, Solar Filters and Eclipse Imaging Basics.  Location: SIU Craft Shop. Monday, Feb 6, 6 p.m.  Cost $10.  Supplies Included.  Register online at:

Workshop 2: Kevin Morefield, Astrophotography and Eclipse Imaging with DSLRs and Small Scopes. Location: Paglia’s Pizza, Carbondale, Monday, Feb 13, 6 p.m. More information at:

Workshop 3: Bob Baer, The Citizen CATE Experiment: Imaging the 2016 TSE in Indonesia.  Location and time TBA.


Past Workshops

AAS Eclipse 2017 Workshop

The AAS Eclipse 2017 workshop was held in Carbondale, Ill., on Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 June 2016, at the SIU Carbondale Student Center, hosted by Bob Baer and Shadia Habbal. Select sessions on both days were open to the public with presentations to inform the public about the total solar eclipse of 2017.