Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We have been so lucky to have so many clear nights recently. It hasn’t even been all that cold. Let’s hope our luck continues for this Saturday’s Stargazer Open House. We will be open 7:00-9:00PM, this Saturday, Dec. 16 (weather permitting). This is a great time of year to look to the eastern horizon as Orion begins his trek across the sky. The highlight of the winter sky has to be the Great Orion Nebula (M42). It is a stellar nursery where young stars are being formed right before our eyes. On a clear night, multiple stars can be seen within the nebula along with the clouds of dust and gas from which they are forming. I never tire of seeing it. If you’re lucky, you might even see a few bright meteors from the Geminid Shower which peaks this Wednesday. We will also be looking at numerous binary stars, open clusters, and, of course, Uranus and Neptune. I’m planning on delivering a short talk at the beginning and having a few activities for kids. Please dress warmly as the dome and observation deck are not heated. I hope to see you out there.
Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus