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Wednesday March 11, 2015 from 7:45pm to 10:00pm

Status updated at 4:00pm by our observatory director:

Forecast for clear skies at star party time. The Great Orion Nebula will be quite
a sight to see! Venus will be in the eyepiece at 7:45pm. I hope to see you here...

Event report posted at 11:02pm by our observatory director:

We had a great turnout tonight with beautiful skies.  Lots of fun observing
the Great Orion Nebula both with & without an OIII filter.
Let's do it again tomorrow night at another impromptu event!

Public Observing Event

at the ACA Observatory


Impromptu Event!

It looks like a great evening for stargazing; cool temperatures, low humidity, and clear skies.

What will we be looking at tonight?

This may be our only chance to see The Great Orion Nebula through our 16" observatory telescope. Venus observing for early-birds as it will be lost behind the trees to the west of the observatory before 9:30pm.

 IMPORTANT NOTICE:  With snowy conditions, special consideration must be taken concerning parking: Parking is only available on the road north of observatory and in the Park Rangers' parking lot.  Continued snow melt will probably allow parking in front of observatory by Wednesday evening.  Please, regardless of snow melt, do not park on the observatory grounds as this will cause us serious problems with the park service by causing ruts in the lawn.

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Solar System objects rise/transit/set times from the ACA Observatory on the date of this event...

New feature: The "T" on each object's line in the chart above indicates the time of transit in addition to the rise and set times for the object.

Jet Stream
updates automatically to latest available image)
    The Jet Stream affects astronomical "seeing" (steadiness of the air)
    If we're in a gray area, seeing will not be as good as in a white area.
    If we're in a white area, the shorter the arrows, the better.

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