After weeks of bad luck trying to get out to park to hold a star party, it turned out to be a great night for viewing last night.
We were visited by about 25 campers, who were from places such as Rochester, Canby, Minnetonka – even from as far as Western North Dakota. – and plenty of mosquitoes!
We started out the night looking at a sliver of a moon, with Venus in phase, too. And that was before the Sun even set.
When it finally got dark enough to start viewing “the fun stuff”, we looked at several multiple-star systems, like Albireo in Cygnus, and Mizar and Alcor in the Big Dipper. We also looked at the Hurcules Cluster and nebulae such as the Trifid Nebula in Sagittarius and the Ring Nebula in Lyra. Galaxies were on the list too, including the Andromeda Galaxy and the galaxy pair M81 and M82.
A highlight of the evening was a beautiful long-lasting meteorite, burning bright yellow and green.
Thanks to all of you who visited us last night – you’re why we do this!