First Light Celebration - CLOSED

First Light Celebration - CLOSED

Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
Fri, Nov 26, 2021 - CLOSED
$5 Suggested Donation per person 5 years and older

Update: Friday, November 26, 2021 at 10:44 am =========
Tonight’s forecast is calling for rain to clear out later this afternoon with clouds lingering until after 10:00 pm. Today’s rain will persist past the local sunset time, leaving the campus very wet. With temperatures forecast to drop below freezing tonight, this could create slippery conditions both onsite and on roadways. Considering all these factors, we feel that telescope observations will be very unlikely, and the threat of icy conditions will not make the drive worth the risk, so we will stay closed tonight.

With tomorrow night’s forecast looking much better, we will host a special Stargazing Nights event tomorrow night, Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

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.

Starting at 7:00 pm tonight, we will host the first night of our special First Light Celebration for the Frosty Drew Observatory's new PlaneWave CDK600 24 Inch CDK Telescope. This will be the first chance that our visitors will have to catch a look through the new telescope.

Hang out with our astronomers, the new PlaneWave and other telescopes as we showcase the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, bright stars, speckled star clusters, mesmerizing nebulae, and vast galaxies. We stay open until 10:00 pm.

If you haven't already seen it, check out the time lapse video of the replacement, upgrade, and installation of our primary observatory telescope.

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 Stargazing Nights program and more.

Check out our page on Visiting Frosty Drew Observatory to learn more about what to expect at the Observatory and to 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.

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

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.