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02/05/2020

Upcoming events at John Glenn Astronomy Park

Friday & Saturdays March 6 through April 25, 2020

 

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Welcome back to JGAP!

First program of 2020. We'll be pointing our scope at the Brilliant sister planet of earth, Venus, and the waxing Gibbous Moon.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM The Brilliant moon and Brilliant Venus

See the second and third brightest celestial objects: The Moon and Venus. (The brightest is the sun.)

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM Beautiful Dark Sky

Venus is the brightest object in the sky until the moon rises at 12:44 AM. Orion is high in the sky in the Early Evening

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM Orion and Sirius

The well known figure of Orion and the second brightest star in the sky, Sirius (the sun, of course, is the brightest), dominate the evening. Also, Venus

Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7:45 PM – 10:45 PM Orion, Sirius and Gemini

The well known figure of Orion, the lesser known figure of Gemini, and the second brightest star in the sky, Sirius, dominate the evening. Also, brilliant Venus

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:15 PM – 10:15 PM Welcome to Spring 

Program starts a bit earlier tonight to take advantage of the sunset through our equinox gap. After sunset, we'll be looking at the Orion Nebula and some of the spring galaxies.

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:45 PM – 10:45 PM The Thin Crescent Moon and Venus

The lovely thin crescent moon is setting in the west, before Venus, which is still high in the sky. Afterwards, we look at Orion and spring galaxies.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:45 PM – 10:45 PM Crescent moon next to Venus

The lovely thin crescent moon is setting in the west, next to Venus, which is still high in the sky. The Pleiades join the show in a lovely photo-op. Afterwards, we look at Orion and spring galaxies.

Friday, April 3, 2020 at 8 PM – 11 PM The Rugged Moon

The line between night and day on the moon (the Terminator) is well placed this evening to allow us to see the rugged mountains, valleys and craters.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8 PM – 11 PM The Rugged Moon II

The line between night and day on the moon (the Terminator) is well placed this evening to allow us to see the rugged mountains, valleys and craters and the Oceanus Procellarum

Friday & Saturday, April 10 & 11, 2020 at 8 PM – 11 PM Leo & Leo II

After the moon sets, Leo, with galaxies beyond, is high in the sky. We'll be looking at it, and Venus, and, if people stick around until 11:30, the rising moon.

Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8:15 PM – 11:15 PM The Big Dipper

The most recognizable pattern of the sky is not a constellation (a defined area of sky dominated by a pattern of stars), but an asterism, a simple, bright pattern. This pattern is "The Big Dipper", the brightest stars in the constellation of Ursa Major.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8:15 PM – 11:15 PM The Big Dipper II

The stars of the Big Dipper lie in front of a menagerie of galaxies, far most distant. With dark skies, we can see light that left on its way to our eyes millions of years ago.

Friday, April 24, 2020 at 8:15 PM – 11:15 PM The Thinnest Crescent

It's very tricky to catch the moon when it is less than two days "old" (past new moon.) If you can, the view is striking- with the dark side illuminated by light reflected off the Earth- Earthshine.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 8:15 PM – 11:15 PM The Thin Crescent

The view of the thin crescent moon is striking- with the dark side illuminated by light reflected off the Earth- Earthshine. Also Venus, and the dark sky filled with distant galaxies.

 

Please note that programs at John Glenn Astronomy Park are weather dependent. Cancellation notices by noon on the day of a program can be found, clicking HERE or HERE

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