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 22° high in the West at 9pm, and 14% illuminated (Waxing Crescent phase, 3.7 days old). It will reach the 20° limit for viewing in the 20″ telescope by 9:15pm, but could be seen longer if any telescopes are set up outside. Van Vleck crater may be seen tonight, the photo below was taken with an ASGH member’s scope at V.V.O.
Planets: Venus will be near the moon, but lower in the sky. It will be very bright, but somewhat small in a telescope, and 75% illuminated. Jupiter will be fairly well-placed, 33° high in the South at 10pm. Saturn will be rising in the SE, but only 16° up by 11pm, too low for clear observation.
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.