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Wednesday August 12, 2015 from 8:30pm to 10:00pm

Status update from our Observatory Director on 8/12/2015 at 4:25 pm:

Looks like a great night ahead! At 8:31:36pm an Iridium Flare blazes in northwestern sky at magnitude -6.2. ISS passes 10 degrees under Polaris at 10:06pm shining at mag -1.0. Perseid meteors rain overhead all observing session while the 16" observatory telescope views the beauty of celestial objects in Sagittarius.
Clear skies to arrive at observatory by star party time.

The Observatory will open at 8:30pm with Saturn in the eyepiece.

Public Observing Event

at the ACA Observatory


Impromptu Event!

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

What will we be looking at tonight?

Saturn early then many celestial objects in Sagittarius plus a bright
Iridium flare, the ISS and Perseid meteors, and more!

We hope to see you here tonight.

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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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