Beginning at sunset (around 8:16 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.
What you will see tonight: Venus will be by far the brightest object in the sky tonight, easily visible in the west for a few hours after sunset. Unfortunately there are no other planets up until at least midnight, but the Moon won't be up before then either, so there's plenty of time to see lots of dim sights like star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.
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.
Future Star Parties: