Well, our August open house was a bit of a disaster. Between clouds and a dead battery not allowing us to open the dome, we really didn’t see much that night. Usually, September treats us better. We will be having our monthly open house this Saturday from 8:00-10:00PM (weather permitting). This is one of my favorite times to look at the sky. We’ll have a waxing crescent moon, Saturn, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, the Ring Nebula, and the Hercules Cluster. All that along with a smattering of binary stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Let’s hope for clear skies and a charged battery.
But wait…there’s more…
On Sunday, September 27, there is a total lunar eclipse. It’s going to be “super!” That is the moon will be close to perigee (closest point in its orbit to Earth), creating what the media calls a Supermoon. So it will be a supermoon-eclipse. What does this mean? I don’t know, but if your kids start acting up or the Broncos don’t score a touchdown, you can just blame it on the supermoon eclipse. Anyway, the Stargazer Observatory will be open from 7:30-9:30PM for eclipse viewing.
All events are weather permitting and a light jacket is recommended as the dome is not heated. Check out Stargazerobservatory.com for updates.
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