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Deep Sky Observers April 23, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Nature.

Tonight, we are going to Sidewalk Astronomy to observe Saturn, the ringed planet!

Sponsored by the local chapter of Deep Sky Observers, the event will allow the public to star-gaze through high-powered telescopes at the night sky:

This is a dark sky event since the Moon will not be up making it possible to see fainter targets like galaxies and nebulas.

Here’s hoping for a clear night, with no clouds to obscure our view!

For more awe-inspiring photos of celestial bodies:  Night Sky

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1. Carol Ann Hoel - April 23, 2011

I’m sure you will enjoy it! How exciting! The stars and the galaxies are all magnificent. The Universe is awesome. Blessings…

nrhatch - April 23, 2011

I’m very excited. Looking at the night sky through a high powered telescope on a dark night should be inspiring.

And, yes, the Universe is awesome! 😀

2. Piglet in Portugal - April 23, 2011

Wow, I’d love to do that. Lucky you!

nrhatch - April 23, 2011

We don’t have much of an “entertainment” budget these days, so I’m always on the lookout for FREE events.

This one sounds so cool . . . as long as the weather cooperates.

Maybe you have a local astronomy group in Portugal that does something similar?

3. Cindy - April 23, 2011

Enjoy it Nancy!

nrhatch - April 23, 2011

Here’s to great Galaxies and numerous Nebulas!

4. kateshrewsday - April 23, 2011

Ooooh, have a wonderful time! I am envious,

nrhatch - April 23, 2011

So far, clear skies abound. Fingers crossed. 😀

5. souldipper - April 23, 2011

How exciting, Nancy…hope you discover all sorts of awesomeness.

nrhatch - April 23, 2011

Thanks, Amy. It looks like we are on track for a lovely night under the stars.

6. oldancestor - April 23, 2011

That moon is so vain. She can’t stand sharing attention with other objects in the night sky.

nrhatch - April 23, 2011

La Bella Luna . . . should she dim her light in deference? 😀

7. Lisa - April 23, 2011

Sounds Heavenly (pun intended). 😀

nrhatch - April 23, 2011

Pun appreciated! 😉

8. Tilly Bud - April 23, 2011

Oh you lucky thing! I hope you see lots. Every year I hope to see the Leonid Showers and some other yearly meteor showers and it is ALWAYS cloudy.

One of my happiest childhood memories is of my Dad pointing out the stars to me.


nrhatch - April 23, 2011

I loved summer nights and starry skies as a child. Still do.

It’s still clear and we’re about to head over to the island. So it looks promising. 😀

9. Paula Tohline Calhoun - April 23, 2011

I always try to take a look at the stars at night! I have to send love to our sons and significant others. Each of the three boys is a star in Orion. Matt is the center of the belt – the buckle; Josh is the center star of the nebula; and Adam is the brightest star in his right hand. I always blow a kiss and wish them a “Good night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!” to them. 😀 Makes me feel better and a little closer. . .:-D

I understand that the Space lab is supposed to be visible to the naked eye these days. Have you heard?

nrhatch - April 23, 2011

We looked at the Orion nebula, and the rings and moons around Saturn tonight. Very cool.

I haven’t heard about the Space Lab being visible.

10. Pooja - April 24, 2011

Wow. That sounds solid, Nancy. I am now going to look for such a group in Melbourne.

Hope you had a rocking time with the skies 😉


nrhatch - April 24, 2011

The telescopes were amazing!

Some of them were the size of small cars . . . with motors and computers and tripods built like the lunar rover.

Computerized robotic noises filled the air as the scopes focused. Very other worldly.

Good luck finding a group.

11. eof737 - April 24, 2011

Great shot! I love the night sky when it’s clear and filled with stars. 🙂
Happy Easter!

nrhatch - April 24, 2011

Thanks, Eliz. After the Sidewalk Astronomy, we went to the beach to do a bit more star gazing. No moon. Pitch black skies filled with twinkling lights.

12. walterwsmith3rd - April 24, 2011

A very nice shot indeed. Sounds like the place to be to enjoy some unique viewing.

nrhatch - April 24, 2011

The website linked above under “Night Sky” has other photos taken by the group.

Most are mesmerizing. 😀

13. CMSmith - April 24, 2011

I hope you got a good night. This sounds like fun.

nrhatch - April 24, 2011

We enjoyed it. Fortunately, we also decided that we do not need to invest in a telescope of our own.

We’re happy to sneak a peak through the lens of others.

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