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April 20, 2018 from 8:15 PM to ?
Announced by our Observatory Director on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 2:38 PM

Status updated by our Observatory Director on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 12:36 PM.

All forecasts call for clear skies this evening.
The seeing conditions & transparency are predicted to be good. Venus & Lunar observing followed by viewing open clusters, globular clusters and a couple of galaxies. We may catch a few meteors ahead of the Lyrid Meteor Shower
which peaks in two days.

Observatory will open at 8:15 PM

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?

Clear skies are predicted for Friday evening, so let's have a Lunar & Venus star party. Venus is visible near sunset and a 5-day old Moon visible during the evening hours. Venus doesn't rise very high in the evening sky for all of 2018. It will get a little higher in the evening sky going into summer, then disappear from the evening sky for the rest of the year. Venus is first up, then Lunar observing, followed by viewing of star clusters.
The Observatory will open at 8:15 PM

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