Last public stargazing night for 2013 this Friday

Gungahlin Al 10 October 2013 1

If you haven’t been along to one of the ANU/CAS public viewing nights this year, or if you did but the weather was dodge, this Friday night is your last chance this year. Daylight savings makes it too late for the kids to attend after this month.

Fortunately, the weather forecast this time around is as good as you could hope for…

Straight after nightfall, you’ll have Mercury and Saturn side-by-side immediatelyabove where the sun goes down, and VERY bright Venus about a handspan above them. There’ll be very little Moon light this time – a nice thin crescent and setting fairly early, so the harder sights to see will be more visible too (notwithstanding that the light pollution is really starting to affect viewing on the mountain…).

Uranus will be coming up in the east, so as the night goes on, should be visible. That planet is as close as it gets at the moment. Neptune might also be visible higher up – not massively impressive, but the blue circle should be visible. And of course a range of the deep sky objects.

There’ll be quite a few of the Canberra Astronomical Society members (volunteers) with their telescopes large and small. And there’ll be speakers from the ANU’s Research Mount Stromlo Observatory.

The Sun doesn’t go down until 7:30, so no point coming before then. Even on warm nights, it can get cold on the mountain, so bring appropriate clothes and remember to rug up the kids.

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One Response to Last public stargazing night for 2013 this Friday
Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:08 pm 11 Oct 13

Temperature, humidity, “seeing”, cloud all pointing towards this being the best public viewing night this year. So get on up there folks!

I’m disappointed to be missing it myself…who organises scout trips on a Bathurst weekend??

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