We had about 25 visitors on Saturday from all over the area – Rosemount, Maple Grove, Grove Lake and more.
The day started out with promising skies, and that held when it got dark enough to start looking at some things around 7:30. We started off with Albireo in Cygnus and the Andromeda Galaxy. We looked at Mizar and Alcor in Ursa Major (the Big Dipper), the Ring Nebula in Lyra and some other nebulae, the Hercules Cluster, but the highlight was Saturn, which always gets some “Wow”s.
We also talked about the different constellations and how to identify some of the major ones, how to find the North Star, and so much more.
Unfortunately, the 96% waning gibbous Moon completely drowned everything out by about 8:45.
All in all, though – and by all accounts it was a good night and a great finish to a fun season of skygazing at GLSP.
Next year is our 10th anniversary – yes, it’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years! We’re really looking forward to another season of bringing the night sky to Pope County and beyond!