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Landolt Astronomical Observatory

Public Observing Schedule

Once a month, on the Saturday (or sometimes Sunday) nearest the First Quarter Moon, with a "rain date" on the next day (Sunday) at the same time of day as Saturday. If the weather is mostly cloudy, there will not be any observing, as there will not be any celestial body to see.

Admission is free and you need not bring anything. The observatory was built in the late 1930's and is not handicapped accessible.

2019 Spring Dates Time Main Targets
Saturday, January 12 7:00 - 8:00 PM first quarter moon, binary stars, double stars, the Pleiades, and the great nebula is Orion
Saturday, February 16 7:00 - 8:00 PM The moon and the Orion Nebula

Saturday, March 16

8:00 - 9:00 PM  The moon and the Orion Nebula

Saturday, April 6

8:00 - 9:00 PM  The moon and the Orion Nebula


2018 Fall  Dates Time Main Targets

Saturday,  Sep. 15

(rain date: Sunday Sep.16)

 7:30 - 8:30 PM  Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon

Sunday Oct. 14

 7:00 - 8:00 PM  Mars, Saturn and the 1st Quarter Moon

Saturday Nov. 10

(rain date:  Sunday, Nov. 11)

 7:00 - 8:00 PM  View Mars for the last time this year

Saturday Dec. 15

(rain date: Sunday, Dec.16)

 7:00 - 8:00 PM  


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Directions to the Observatory

The Landolt Astronomical Observatory is located on the LSU campus on the roof of Nicholson Hall on Tower Dr. immediately west of the LSU Student Union (across Tower Dr.). Convenient parking is located in the lot immediately south of Nicholson Hall (this lot is between Nicholson Hall and Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex). Parking in the lot is free and open after business hours and on weekends. Entry to the building should be by the door in the middle of the south side of Nicholson Hall. People will then be directed to climb the stairs up to the roof.


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