Public Star Party: Star Clusters
October 16 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Final Star Party of the season! Star clusters are groups of stars which are gravitationally bound. Two distinct types of star cluster can be distinguished: globular clusters are tight groups of hundreds of thousands of very old stars, while open clusters generally contain less than a few hundred members, and are often very young. Both types will be viewable in our night sky.
The Swan, Eagle, Flying Horse, Queen, and Chained Lady constellations are overhead. A new hero, Perseus, is rising in the east to rescue the Chained Lady. The Milky Way, Jupiter, and Saturn are leaving. Mars and Neptune will be visible later in the evening. There will still be a good selection of galaxies and nebulae to view.
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
Free and open to the public.