For our last public viewing event at GLSP for the season, it was a great one: Clear skies (mostly) and lots of visitors – LOTS of visitors – about 40 in all.
There were a lot of kids visiting, including a young Scout group from Glenwood. It’s always exciting to be able to introduce our hobby to young ones.
We had a lot to look at, too. Mars and Saturn were out early, near Sagittarius in the South, just after dusk. Saturn always produces some “Wow”s and “Holy cow”s from first-time viewers. And we hobbyists never grow tired of looking at it, either.
We did an introductory tour of some of the more common and prominent constellations in the sky: Cassiopeia, The Big Dipper, Cygnus, Lyra and Sagittarius. Some of the objects we looked at included the Hercules Cluster in Hercules, the double star Albireo in Cygnus, Mizar and Alcor in Ursa Major, the Ring Nebula in Lyra – and plenty of others.
We were also treated to a very long fly-over of the International Space Station.
It was a great evening and it’s been a great year, having the opportunity to bring our hobby to you! Thanks for the fun and we look forward to next year.
Keep an eye out here for when we start back up in the Spring.