We finally had a clear night in February where the skies cooperated and we could see the stars. I’m hoping our luck continues this Saturday for the March Stargazer Observatory Open House. Jupiter is at opposition meaning it’s rising as the sun sets. So it should be at its best for this year. This is also a great time of year for Messier objects. These are fuzzy things in the sky, like nebulae, galaxies, and globular clusters. They’re named after French astronomer Charles Messier, who was obsessed with comets. Instead, he found 110 other items of interest and made a list. Some astronomers like to participate in “Messier Marathons” where they stay up all night trying to spot all 110 Messier Objects. I was thinking we’d have a Messier ½ marathon. More like a 5k. Actually, maybe more like a 100 yd. dash of Messier Objects.
If you’re interested, I plan on doing a short talk when we begin at 8:00. Due to the time change, we’re now running from 8:00-10:00PM. Please dress appropriately as the dome is not heated. As always, these events are weather permitting.
See you Saturday.
Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus