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June 14, 2018 from 9:00pm to 10:30pm
Announced by our Observatory Director on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 10:11am

Status updated by our Observatory Director on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2:11pm

Looks like a beautiful evening to do some stargazing!
Good transparency and seeing conditions are predicted.

Observatory will open at 9:00pm

Event Report by our Observatory Director on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10:23am

We had a pleasant evening! The thin clouds finally cleared out and the 16" observatory telescope gave us stunning views of Ring Nebula, Great Hercules Cluster, and Jupiter. Late-stayers were treated to occultation of Io at 11:18, followed by occultation of Ganymede. We also saw the Great Red Spot and a few large festoons in the equatorial belts.

Public Observing Event

at the ACA Observatory


Impromptu Event -
Galaxies, Clusters & Planets

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

What will we be looking at tonight?

The forecast for Thursday evening calls for clear skies.
Jupiter is well-placed for viewing. Whirlpool Galaxy, Great Hercules Cluster, and galaxies of the Virgo Cluster are on the observing list.
Venus will be first in eyepiece at 9pm.

Status update: Observatory will open at 9:00pm

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