Friday, August 15, 2014

About Tonight

The forecast is looking good for public night this evening. Hopefully any clouds will hold off until much later.

If you are interested in attending tonight, there's still space. Head to:

mcobservatory.eventbrite.com

Regardless of the weather, we'll be at the observatory tonight (9:30-10:30PM). We'll start on the fourth floor of the new science center in room SC400. I'll give a brief presentation on upcoming celestial highlights, and then we'll head to the observatory and see what we can see. The student astronomy club (MC Stargazers) will be here with me to answer your questions about the universe or anything else.

Events have been scheduled for September and October.

Clear skies!

Friday, August 1, 2014

About Tonight

Usually about this time of day I send out an email to the folks registered for the observatory guest night concerning the weather and what to expect for the evening. I've been told that my emails are often ending up in spam folders (the horror!). Therefore I'm posting here for those of you who are registered, didn't get my email and are wondering what happens if the weather doesn't cooperate.

Here's the deal: We hold the event no matter what. We drink coffee, eat cookies, and I give a brief presentation about our observatory and some upcoming celestial events. We tour the observatory so you at least get to see the scopes, even if you can't see anything through them.

We also set up smaller scopes inside the Science Center. I know this sounds weird, but the hallways are really long. If you've never played with a telescope, or if you are interested in purchasing a scope it's a nice chance to see how they work.

What is this? It's a low-power view through one of the indoor telescopes, with a cell-phone camera. Looking at pictures of Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Vera Rubin. Upside down. Thanks to Ryan Fitzgerald for the image.

The student astronomy club (MC Stargazers) will be available with me to answer any burning astronomical questions you may have.

To sum things up, if it's cloudy, and it looks like it's going to be cloudy tonight, we won't be able to see anything through the telescopes. I totally understand if you don't want to make the trip out tonight because of the weather. There will be other events in the Fall. There is one more in August, and as soon as I get the go-ahead from the college, I'll post the September and October dates.

Regardless, I look forward to meeting you tonight, or at another event. Thank you so much for your interest in astronomy and the MC Observatory!