The moon was quite bright, but that didn’t stop us from catching some amazing views of the sky!
We had the pleasure of hosting about 30 visitors; some campers, some local residents.
Jupiter was showing off all four of its Galilean Moons right in a line. And, always drawing plenty of oooos and aaaahs to even the most experienced astronomer, Saturn was up too (it’s not often we get to see both of the giant planets in the same night).
We also saw the fascinating naked-eye double, Mizar and Alcor in the handle of the Big Dipper.
Of course, with the moon so bright, we couldn’t pass up in taking a close-up view of its craters, ridges and mountains.
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The Clear Sky Chart is looking excellent for clear viewing tonight (Saturday, May 30), so we’ll be holding a star party at our regular location.
Sunset is at 9:02, so we’ll probably be showing up at around 8:30.
It’ll be a little cool tonight, so dress warm.
See you there!
Sorry, people, but we’ve been trumped by the weather again.
We’ll try again next month on our regularly scheduled 3rd Saturday of the month, but keep an eye out here, as we do occasionally hold a star party on an unscheduled Friday or Saturday if we’re available and the skies are good.
That’s the nature of this hobby: we’re at the mercy of the weather.
The forecast for Saturday includes rain and storms, so we’ll be rescheduling the Star Party. Our regular rain-makeup day is the following Saturday, so let’s hope the weather will cooperate next week!
Keep an eye out here for updates.
Join us at the horse camp at Glacial Lakes State Park this Saturday, May 16th for a night of stargazing.
We usually start setting up about 30 mintues before sunset, which will be at 8:47, so we’ll be there around 8:15 to 8:30.
In the case of overcast skies or rain, keep an eye out here for a “rain date” – which will usually be the following Saturday.