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 33° high in the SE at 10pm, and 96% illuminated (Full phase, 12.9 days old).
Planets: at 9pm, Saturn will be 19° high in the SW, just below the 20° limit for the 20″ refractor, but there may be telescopes set up outside for viewing. Mars will be 24° up in the South, and 17 arc seconds in diameter, with some surface detail visible, especially the polar ice caps. Neptune will appear near the Moon, and Uranus will be visible in a telescope at 33° altitude in the East by 11pm.
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.