The University of Missouri–St. Louis Department of Physics and Astronomy will hold a public viewing of Saturn, Mars, Venus, Ring Nebula and Hercules Cluster at 8:30 p.m. August 14 at the Richard D. Schwarz Observatory. The viewing is free and open to the public.

All open houses include a viewing of the first-quarter moon, along with additional nebulae and galaxies. In the case of inclement weather, the open house will be at 8:30 p.m. on August 15.

The Richard D. Schwartz Observatory is located on the UMSL campus at Florissant Rd. and Rosedale Dr., 100 University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63121.

More information: or 314-516-5706­

Kylie Shafferkoetter

Kylie Shafferkoetter

Eye on UMSL: Tending the gardens

Biology student James Ott and Sustainable Energy & Environmental Coordinator Katy Mike Smaistrla pull weeds last week in the native gardens north of the Recreation Wellness Center.