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Summer Stargazing Nights

Summer Stargazing Nights

Frosty Drew Observatory
Fri, Jul 2, 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 Suggested Donation per person 5 years and older

Welcome to the Frosty Drew Observatory Summer 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.

Weather continues to bomb our Summer Stargazing Nights events. We can expect rain showers, fog, and fully overcast conditions tonight and generally for the entire holiday weekend. A forecast like that will guarantee that our telescopes will remain closed tonight. Though we will be on site and will offer tours and discussions on astronomy to anybody interested in visiting.

Starting at 7:00 pm and continuing until 9:00 pm, The Observatory and Science Center will be open for tours of our telescopes and the works of our astronomers. In the Science Center we have a 12’ wide panoramic of the Apollo 11 lunar landing site as well as images of the cosmos on gallery that were captured by our astronomers.

We have yet to host a full Summer Stargazing Nights event this year due to the endless weekend weather bombs, and we’re missing out on some fantastic viewing opportunities of the Milky Way. At Frosty Drew, the best views of the Milky Way run through July, after which the view starts to wane significantly.

Overall, tonight is a night for visitors who want to get into discussions about astronomy with our astronomers, check out our telescopes and operations, or want to see fantastic astro photographs. If coming from a distance we recommend sitting this one out as there will not be telescopic observation happening tonight. But if you’re local and want to geek out for a bit, swing by and chat with our astronomers about the cosmos.

Be sure to subscribe to the (Frosty Drew Observatory mailing list, follow us on Twitter (@FrostyDrewOBSY) or on Facebook to receive status updates about our Summer Stargazing Nights program and more.

Catch up on some fantastic celestial happenings in space this week in:
Celebration of Space - July 2, 2021

With the dynamic and rapidly changing pandemic landscape, site visit requirements will be changing very quickly. At this time, tickets are not required to attend this event, but visitors will have to register their name and phone number upon arrival. Note that we will NOT send anything to your phone number. This is used exclusively for contact tracing matters. We are limiting a maximum of 250 visitors concurrently at our event. If this limit is reached, you will have to either wait in your car or take a night stroll around Ninigret Park until availability opens up. Reading our SARS-CoV-2 Public Statement will get you the most recent information about this matter.

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

To allow for visitors to freely explore all of the amazing experiences at Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center without having to wait in long lines, we have integrated a pass-based group access process that applies to only the large telescope inside the observatory dome. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this process as part of your planning steps.

Please note that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the detail of this event may change. Please check in regularly, both here and on our SARS-CoV-2 page, to stay up to date.