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Upcoming programs at the John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP)

through June 17, 2023

Programs are on clear Friday and Saturday nights from March - Late November. By noon on the day of each program a forecast and a note on whether or not the program that evening will go forward will be posted on the JGAP website. And on it's Facebook page at

May 12-13:  The Big Dipper!   Ursa Major, the most recognizable constellation, is directly overhead when it gets fully dark.  Come learn about its stories and explore its treasures with our telescopes.   8:30 PM

May 19-20:  More Big Dipper!  Beyond the stars of the Big Dipper are some of the brightest galaxies in the sky, including the spectacular “Whirlpool galaxy”, M51.   It looks great in our 28” “Wow!” scope.  8:45 PM

May 26-27:  Apollo 11.   These two days put the Apollo 11 landing site on the moon right along the line between night and day, the terminator.  While you won’t see the flags (or any other equipment on the moon) they’re far too small and the moon is astonishingly far away, you will see its rough surface and be able to pick out where the historic landing took place.  8:45 PM

June 2-3:   The bright moon.   Come watch the moon rise over our eastern horizon, and experience and learn about “the moon illusion” with us.   Also, brilliant Venus in the evening twilight. 8:45 PM

June 9-10:  The Great Virgo cluster.   Straight over our heads on this evening, there is a galaxy cluster that is so enormous that our Milky-Way feels its tug from over 60 million light years away.   Also, Venus is brilliant. 9:00 PM

June 16-17:  It gets dark late!   We’re almost to summer solstice (and the alignment of our plaza will  be nearly perfect.  If you have the stamina, and can make it to 11:00 PM when it is fully dark, you can explore the galaxies in Virgo, Leo and Ursa Major with us.   9:15 PM


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