Stars Shine on Observatory Once More

An educational asset has reopened to the public, thanks, in part, to the passion and dedication of one Missouri S&T student.

Ken Goss hosted the S&T Observatory’s first Visitors’ Night in over two years on Aug. 20, 2015, giving over 100 community members, faculty, staff and students the chance to get an up-close look at Saturn and its rings through the university’s 16-inch diameter telescope.

Goss says the event went smoothly. “I have enjoyed providing this service for the public, and it seems the public has responded well, so far.”

A senior in computer science and computer engineering, Goss plans to host public viewings at least a few times a semester until he graduates in May 2017. The observatory is located at 1550 N. Bishop Ave. (Highway 63 North), adjacent to the university’s Stonehenge.

The physics department, which owns the observatory and its telescope, had been looking for someone to take over Visitors’ Nights since John Schmitt, associate professor emeritus of physics, retired in 2013. Schmitt taught astronomy and ran the observatory for decades.