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Saturday December 8, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Announced by our Observatory Director on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Status updated by our Observatory Director on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 4:56 PM

Our impromptu star parties are planned based on the requirement of pristine
skies. The forecast has changed to partly cloudy skies and radar images are not encouraging. The thin cloud cover we are experiencing now, will obscure the
beauty of all of the deep sky objects on the observing list.
As a result, our star party for this evening is

Public Observing Event

at the ACA Observatory


Impromptu Event

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

What will we be looking at tonight?

The weather forecast calls for clear skies Saturday evening. It's a great chance
to view Herschel's Double Cluster which is located near zenith. We'll point our 100mm telescope at Pleiades to get a spectacular wide field view of this star cluster. And, Uranus is well-placed for observing through the 16" observatory telescope. These objects, plus globular cluster M15, open cluster M34, and
the Andromeda Galaxy are on the observing list.

The forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 20's, so it is important to come properly dressed for the event. Standing in front of a telescope looking at star clusters produces little body heat; it only warms the heart.

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