Scheduled time for Public Observing: 9pm – 11pm
Solar System Objects:
The Moon: will be 24° high in the SW at 9pm, and 69% illuminated (Waxing Gibbous phase).
Image copyright (c) Virtual Moon Atlas / http://ap-i.net/avl/en/start
Planets: Saturn will be 26° high in the South at 9pm, the positions of some of it’s satellites are shown below. Although Titan is by far the largest and always easily visible, several other moons may be visible in the 20″ telescope. Look for tiny “sparkles” near the planet.
Image courtesy of Starry Night (R) Orion Special Edition, Version: 6.2.3 kcEW, Imaginova (R) Corp.
Star Charts and other Information:
A very useful monthly star chart can be downloaded here from SkyMaps.com, giving information on objects visible with the unaided eye, binoculars, or telescope.
For current astronomical events see Sky and Telescope Magazine’s “This Week’s Sky at a Glance”.