Scheduled time for Public Observing: 9pm – 11pm
More information will be added below, please check again in the future!
Solar System Objects:
The Moon: will be 26° high in the SW at 9pm, and 57% illuminated (Waxing Gibbous phase, 8.1 days old).
Planets: Jupiter will be only 18° high by 9pm, too low for the 20″ scope, but still visible from outside the dome. Saturn is 24° up in the South at 10pm, followed by Mars at 22° by 11 pm. Mars will appear a quite large (for Mars) 23 arc seconds in diameter, larger than the globe of Saturn. Polar ice caps and some other surface details should be observable. At the same time, Neptune is 24° high in the SE, and Uranus is just rising.
Nebula and Star Clusters:
International Space Station (ISS): Any visible flyovers will be added closer to the observing date.
Iridium Satellites: These satellites can produce bright flares (brighter then Venus) from their antenna arrays. Any visible flares will be added closer to the observing date, as prediction accuracy improves.