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Public stargazing at Mount Stromlo Friday night

By Gungahlin Al - 16 May 2013 1

Where’d the month go? It’s already time for the next public viewing night up on the mountain.

Plenty of us members of the Canberra Astronomical Society will be up there with our telescopes. And Saturn plus a new moon will make for great viewing if the weather cooperates. There will be professional astronomers from the ANU there giving talks.

Please do rug up very well – especially your kids. It can be quite breezy up there, and breaking out your snow gear, beanies and gloves early is the recommended approach.

With 500 to 1000 people regularly turning up to these events, parking can be at a premium, and it’s often simpler to turn right at the top rather than left. If you do turn left, please (carefully!) drop back to parking lights as you pass the cafe to help preserve everyone’s night vision. Same when leaving.

Remember, CAS membership is just $30pa, and you get to hear from world class speakers at meetings, attend monthly dark sky nights out of town, monthly “Tardis nights” with our 14″ telescope on Mt Stromlo, free use of that telescope once trained on it (by me or Bill!), informative newsletter and a wealth of knowledge among helpful members to draw on. Bargain!
Membership details:
http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/cas/membership_details.html

Details of the event as per the RSAA website:

The Mt Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend our public observing nights of 2013.  Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomy experts and observations on several telescopes.

This event is free and open to the public. Warm clothing is recommended.  No Bookings are required.

In the event of cloudy weather, star gazing will be cancelled. You can check out the weather at Mt Stromlo using our all sky camera 

http://rsaa.anu.edu.au/mount-stromlo-all-sky-camera

Dates:
17 May, 14 June, 12 July, 16 August. 13 September, 11 October
From 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Public stargazing at Mount Stromlo Friday night
Gungahlin Al 2:36 pm 17 May 13

The skycam is looking good so far for tonight’s stargazing: http://rsaa.anu.edu.au/mount-stromlo-all-sky-camera
Are you coming up?

Also, check out the superbright Iridium flares coming up the next two nights:

Date Time Brightness Altitude Azimuth Brightness at flare centre
May 18, 18:38:38 -7.0 33° 11° (NNE) -7.5
May 19, 18:33:26 -7.4 33° 9° (N) -7.4

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