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Stargazing Nights Live Streamed

Stargazing Nights Live Streamed

Frosty Drew Observatory
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 Suggested Donation per person 5 years and older

Welcome to the Frosty Drew Observatory Stargazing Nights! Every Friday night (weather permitting) we open our Observatory, Science Center, Sky Theatre, and telescopes to the sky and offer free stargazing and astronomy to anybody interested in observing with us.

Tonight's onsite event has been cancelled due to the forecast for overcast conditions with fog. Instead, we will host a live streamed event tonight with some of our astronomy team members, which will run from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. We know that live streamed events are nowhere near as cool as on site events, but they do offer a viable alternative for those who are stuck at home, don’t want to stand in the cold, and as a backup on cloudy nights. The live stream will include presentations of celestial images and commentary from running projects at Frosty Drew and projects that our team members are working on. Frosty Drew Staff Astronomer, Derek Schacht, will lead tonight's live stream with contributions from team members Scott MacNeill, and possibly James Crouch.

Overall, with the New Moon occurring on Sunday night at 10:33 pm ET, tonight would have been a fabulous night! Though next Friday will bring the stunning waxing crescent Moon to our Friday event, which is worth the wait. Inclement weather is a springtime reality in New England, and 2021 has been spectacular when compared to recent years. So take a break, grab a snack, and maybe a fluffy kitty to sit with while catching the cosmos live from the comfort of home, starting at 8:00 pm tonight.

Tonight's live stream will be hosted at:

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Now that Frosty Drew Observatory has entered its off / down season we are scaling back our operations for a few months. We will still open every Friday night, weather permitting, to host our Stargazing Nights event. Though we will not have as many telescopes or astronomers available. The big change of late is the removal of our ticket requirement, which could come back at any time we feel it is necessary. What this means is that visitors can freely visit Frosty Drew Observatory on Friday nights. What it DOESN’T mean is that everything is back to normal. We will be counting the number of visitors that enter our Courtyard and will only allow up to a specific number depending on how visitors are conducting themselves. Additionally, dome access will be a mix of self governed and astronomer managed. The same restrictions will be in place as have been for the past month and we will have signage as well as team members to help direct flow dynamics. It is very cold in the winter at Frosty Drew and due to this new model, you will be outside in the wind for extended periods of time. Inadequate preparation for your visit is NOT our fault! Our down season usually lasts until May. This is yet another trial and error process that we will adapt to and learn from. We thank you for your patience during these times.

If you are looking for that awesome astronomy thing to do or just want a night out to experience the cosmos under the darkest skies in Rhode Island, then this is your chance.

Check out our page on Visiting Frosty Drew Observatory to learn more about what to expect at the Observatory and better help you prepare for your visit.

Please note that we do not allow any white lights on our campus from dusk - dawn. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all and to allow for the use of light sensitive astronomical equipment. Learn more about why we have this requirement in The Red Light District

It is cold at Frosty Drew Observatory during the winter and early spring. Visitors will be completely exposed to the harsh winter environment while standing on frozen ground. Dressing properly is REQUIRED to attend! Lean how the Frosty Drew Astronomers dress for working overnight on the Frosty Drew campus during the winter. Read it! Follow it!

We will update this event listing on the day of the event between Noon and 3:00 pm. The update will describe our plans for the night and what to expect regarding weather and astronomical sights.