The public may visit the Baker Observatory during public viewing events that are conducted by the Physics, Astronomu and Materials Science Department. It's free and families are welcome. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking area.
As always, observing events will take place weather permitting. If the sky is looking cloudy, check our Facebook page for updates or call 417-836-5131 after 5 p.m. on the day of the events. Note that other adverse weather conditions, such as tornado watches can also cause event cancellations. Please do not call before 5 p.m. on the day of the observing event, as it is unlikely that a decision will be made much before that. Be sure to follow the department's Facebook page for the latest updates on observing nights and other departmental events, and check the university's master calendar for all MSU happenings.
The Baker Observatory is located in Webster County approximately 10 miles northwest of Marshfield, off Missouri Highway 38, at 1766 Old Hillcrest Rd. A traffic attendant will be stationed at the intersection with Rose Bush Drive to direct parking. PARK FACING LEFT (SOUTH) IN THE PARKING LOT. TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER PARKING.
GPS coordinates: 37.400127 -93.041723
NOTE: To help us keep the site dark for better viewing, please bring a red flashlight to see your way around the Observatory entrance and grounds. Red tape or cellophane over a regular flashlight is okay. Wear sturdy, casual shoes or boots and dress for the weather.
Observatory telephone (staffed during events only): 417-329-5570