Friday, March 31, 2017

Observatory Night for Friday 31 March 2017 Cancelled due to weather

For folks who have registered for the event tonight: As of about 2 PM, both accuweather.com and Clear Sky Chart are predicting cloudy skies and possible thunderstorms.

I'm going to make a no-go call and cancel this evening's observatory night.

Early spring weather tends to be unpredictable. Sincere apologies for not being able to host this event.

Thank you so much for your interest in astronomy and our observatory!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Observatory Night for Friday 24 March 2017 Cancelled due to clouds

I apologize for the late notice. I've been obsessively watching the sky and the satellite. At this moment there are large portions of sky visible, but clouds are rolling in from the west. I think by 9 PM we will be overcast.

On nights when it's partly cloudy I can often show bright objects, but tonight we are without Moon or planets. The objects on the agenda this evening were deep sky objects, which will not be visible through clouds or haze.

I sincerely apologize that I couldn't offer an observatory night this evening. My feeling is that it's better to cancel than to have folks make the trip and then not be able to see anything. Additional nights will be scheduled over the next few months.

For folks who are registered for tonight's event: Clouds are predicted for this evening. If it's cloudy, we won't be able to see anything with the telescopes and I will cancel the event. I'll make the final call between 7 and 7:30 PM. You will receive an email message at that time and I will post the status here.

If it is clear, we'll get started at 9 PM on the fourth floor of the Science Center in room SC 406. Please use the Science Center main entrance. Signs will be posted directing you. We'll go up to the observatory together, see what we can see, and finish up at 10 PM. The student astronomy club (MC Stargazers) will be here with me to answer your questions about the universe or anything else.

Thank you so much for your interest in astronomy and our observatory!