Dear friends and neighbors,
This Saturday, November 19, the Stargazer Observatory will be open from 7:00-9:00 PM for our monthly open house. We have been blessed with clear skies and mild temperatures the past few months and the turnout has been excellent. This Saturday is predicted to be a little cooler, so a jacket will most likely be a necessity. The “Supermoon” will have come and gone by Saturday, which will give us a chance to see some of the fainter objects in the sky. This is a good time of year to check out different types of star clusters. In the east, the Pleiades are rising and they are a good example of an open cluster. These are tightly knit groups of dozens of stars, which were most likely born together in the same nebula. Do you know what the Pleiades are called in Japan? The Subaru! Go look at the insignia on your car (if you own one).
This is also a good time of year to check out globular clusters. These are spherical groups of hundreds of thousands of stars which mostly reside in the halo of our galaxy. They are thought to be remnants of our galaxy’s formation since they mainly contain older stars dating back billions of years.
With clear skies, we should be able to see excellent examples of each. As always, these events are weather permitting.
I hope to see you out there!
Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus