A clear sky is forecast for this Friday night (December 9th) - so the Horizons Observatory will be open to the public for stargazing from 5:00-6:30 (weather permitting). The early start time will hopefully allow us to view a parade of planets, a star cluster, and a stunning binary star system - Saturn, Jupiter (with its four “Galilean” moons), Mars, the Pleiades, and Alberio - before a nearly full moon rises above the eastern hill (around 6:00). Dress very warmly. Please do not bring flashlights since this will reduce our ability to view the sky.
The Horizons Observatory is located on the campus of The Prosper Valley School at 1071 Pomfret Road, Pomfret, VT.
We're looking forward to seeing you on what promises to be a beautiful late autumn night! This event will be canceled in the event of cloudy skies.
Throughout the year, the Horizons Observatory hosts free public stargazing tours using telescopes, binoculars, and naked eye observation. To ensure clear skies for these events, a “short notice” (24-36 hours before the event) email is sent out to all those on the Horizons Observatory notification service. To be placed on the notification service, simply go to www.horizonsobservatory.org, click on “Blog”, type in your email address in the space provided, and click “Submit”. It’s that easy! The Horizons Observatory is located on the grounds of The Prosper Valley School in Pomfret, Vermont.
Rob Hanson, Horizons Observatory Director
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