It’s time we get back to looking through the ‘scope at some wonderful sights in the night sky. The last couple of months have gone well. We looked at the sun in June and had a portable planetarium set up in July. But now, it’s getting dark early enough that families can make it out for some night sky viewing. Did anyone see any meteors last night? August is famous for the Perseid Meteor Shower when the Earth passes through the debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. There are several other good things in the sky this time of year. Saturn is dominating the southern sky just west of the constellation, Scorpius. This is also a good time to see deep sky objects like the Ring Nebula, Hercules Cluster, and Andromeda Galaxy. We won’t have a moon this Saturday, which is just fine. It allows us to focus on some of the fainter objects of the sky.
We’ll be open from 8:00-10:00PM, Saturday, August 15, weather permitting. Feel free to bring friends and family. Even this time of year, you might want a light jacket. I hope to see you there.
Front Range Community College-Larimer