Did you know that this is the best time to see the planet Jupiter in the evening sky for the rest of the year? And that Saturn is now showing in the evening as well? Come to MSU St. Andrews in Midland to learn more!
Families with school-age and older children are invited to an evening of astronomy and observing. We will begin with a short (~ 1 hr) presentation focused on the planet Jupiter that will cover the history of the planet, how our understanding of it has grown over the years, and more recent discoveries. And, as always, we will show you how to find the planets and other bright objects that are currently in the sky this month.
Plus, if the skies are clear, we will follow with an observing session using our fine collection of telescopes. Jupiter is visible anytime after sunset this month, both by eye and by telescope. Saturn will be in the sky as well, giving us a special opportunity to see the two largest planets in our solar system at the same time! By telescope, four of Jupiter’s moons should be visible, and one of Saturn’s, plus (of course) Saturn’s beautiful rings. Jupiter’s moons look good in binoculars too, so we encourage you to bring your own!
There are always other options to see on Astronomy and Telescope Night. Many stars and constellations will be visible from our St. Andrews site. We can help you learn to identify the brighter stars by name, as well as the brighter constellations. Also, there will be double stars, clusters, and galaxies visible by binoculars or telescope. It all depends on what interests our attendees the most!
We are located at 1910 W. St. Andrews, at the next driveway west of the Grace A. Dow Library.
The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM, with observing until 9:00 PM if the skies are clear. In case of clouds or bad weather, come anyway! We will still be offering the presentation on Jupiter and what’s in the sky this month. Plus, we will answer any general astronomy questions you bring.