First Light Celebration

First Light Celebration

Where:
Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
When:
Fri, Dec 3, 2021 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.