Beginning at sunset (around 7:39 p.m.), St. Ambrose University opens its observatory to the public for a night of stargazing. Visitors may use the observatory's telescopes or bring their own. This event is free of charge.
The Moon will be halfway between first quarter and full phases, so not too many dim deep-sky objects will be easily visible. Tonight therefore is a night for planets with Jupiter and Saturn already up in the southeastern sky by sunset, and Mars rising in the east a few hours later.
For more information, contact Robert Mitchell at MitchellRobertC@sau.edu or 563-333-6141, or go to the Ambrose Astronomy Facebook page. On the day of the event, the same number may be called for a recorded message that will either confirm the event or report a cancellation.
Last Star Party: September 12