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2016-2017 Observatory Event Calendar

*All observatory events are FREE and open to the public.

September 9 – 7:30pm Saturn
Saturn, the Ringed Planet, never ceases to disappoint. This incredible body in our solar system so well known for it’s impressive ring structure is one of the more heavily studied objects in the outer solar system. The view of Saturn in the telescope is one you won’t want to miss!

October 7 – 7:00pm Mars
Mars will continue to give us a great view during the fall of 2016. The Red Planets continues to hold a tight grip on it’s secrets that are slowly being understood by NASA and other space agencies.

November 4 – 7:00pm Venus
Venus is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon. It’s incredible glow just before or after sunset is often mistaken for many things, but it will be on full display in November.

December 16 – 7pm Dark Sky Geminid Meteor Shower
A yearly treat every December is the Geminid meteor shower. This event happens during mid-December and can be quite a show if the conditions are right. Come learn how these “shooting stars” are so predictable and where they originate.

January 6 – 7pm Winter Constellations
January is a cold, dark month with bright constellations in the southern sky. Come learn about these star patterns and how they are essential for helping us understand astronomy and ourselves.

February 3 – 7pm Galaxies and the Scale of the Universe
Our understanding of the scale of the universe and the parts within has changed fundamentally several times over the course of the development of modern astronomy. Knowledge of how galaxies play a critical role in occupying large amounts of visible matter, but many large questions loom.

March 3 – 7pm Exoplanets – Search for Another Earth
Thanks to a burst of new technological adept eyes in the sky, astronomers are certain that planets are a common feature of star systems. That idea then leads humanity to the all-important question of our uniqueness in this Universe.

April 7 – 7:30pm Messier Catalog
Springtime is an ideal time to observe many of the popular objects in the Messier Catalog. This list serves as the first of many guides created to help us understand objects in the heavens that are something other than simple stars or planets.

May 5 – 8:00pm Jupiter and it’s Moons
The planet Jupiter is difficult for humans to fathom. It’s mass and size makes it very different from Earth. However, Jupiter’s four large moons are quite similar to our own world. Come learn more about this unique system and the role it could play in the future of human space exploration.