8/12/2017 7:45 PM
This event has been CANCELLED due to continuing cloud cover and rain coming in from the west.This month our Public Night just happens to be the same night as the peak of the Perseid Meteor shower. Meteor showers are named after the constellation from which the meteors radiate. The Perseids is one of the best showers each year, with more than 1 meteor a minute on good nights. This year, the maximum is expected to happen Sunday morning around 4 AM. Unfortunately, the moon comes up at 11:24 PM Saturday night, and is a little less than ¾ illuminated, so the fainter meteors will be washed out by moonshine. (Not the alcoholic type. If you want to drink something bring coffee or tea or other caffeine drinks.) For those who have never been meteor watching, you don’t need any equipment, except maybe a reclining lawn chair.Events may be cancelled due to weather conditions. Check back here for cancellations. If we cancel the Public Night viewing, the meteor shower event will be cancelled too.Everyone is invited to join us at our observatory for the opportunity to look through different types of telescopes and enjoy a variety of celestial objects. There will be members available to provide guidance from basic constellation spotting to all aspects of the universe. Our observatory features a 14 inch telescope and a classroom. We also have about 1 acre of open ground for setting up your own equipment. A donation of $ 2.00 per person is appreciated. Families are welcome but children MUST be supervised. For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, please review Star Party EtiquetteThe site is only open to the public at club star parties and other scheduled events. If you would like to visit at other times, please contact our Group Director. Due to our remote location it is not advised for observers to go alone.
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