Public Star Party: Andromeda
September 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Celebrate the arrival of our closest galaxy neighbor Andromeda in our night sky. Andromeda is a spiral galaxy that is located a mere 2.5 million light years from Earth. And for those interested in long term planning, The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are expected to collide in ~4.5 billion years, merging to form a giant elliptical galaxy, or a large disc galaxy.
The Big Bear, Scorpion and Herdsman constellations are low in the night sky this time of year. The Swan, Eagle, Queen, and the Chained Lady constellations take their place over head. The Milky Way will still be visible. Jupiter and Saturn will be at an ideal position for viewing early in the night. Many galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters will also be viewable..
Attendees will be able to observe our pristine night sky thru the lens of the Smokey Jack Observatory’s 14”, state of the art telescope. Additional telescopes will be setup around the Observatory for viewing as well
This event is free and open to the public.