Stargazing Nights - SOLD OUT

Stargazing Nights - SOLD OUT

Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
Fri, Sep 30, 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This Event has SOLD OUT

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 skies and offer free stargazing and astronomy to anybody interested in observing with us.

Tonight's forecasts are calling for overcast sky conditions with rain moving in overnight. There is a chance that cloud cover will be thin enough to observe Jupiter, Saturn, and the 25% waxing crescent Moon. Onsite evaluations, this evening, will make or break that possibility. Regardless, we will give it a shot and see where we end up.

We’ll open the Observatory, Courtyard, and Science Center at 7:30 pm this evening. In the Observatory and Courtyard, our telescopes will attempt views of Saturn, Jupiter, and the crescent Moon. If the sky is too overcast, then we will host tours of the Observatory, including a tour of our new PlaneWave CDK600 telescope with the lights on, and will show a feature of celestial objects photographed by the Frosty Drew Astronomy Team on the 40” panel. In the Science Center we will have exhibits and imagery on display. If it is too cloudy to observe, we will close up after 9:30 pm, otherwise we’ll stick around until 10:30 pm.

Overall, tonight is not the night to make the long drive. We will have overcast sky conditions, which will likely not allow for telescopic observations. There is a chance that the cloud cover could be thin enough for views of the brighter planets and Moon, though this is not the likely outcome. If you have tickets and are willing to make the drive on a cloudy night, we will be giving it a go. So stop in and hope with the best for thinner cloud cover.

If you do not have a ticket, you cannot attend tonight's event. Please do not just show up and argue with our astronomers. That is just not cool!
There will be several other events this summer.

Take a moment to catch up on some awesome space happenings in:
A Celebration of Space - September 30, 2022

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.

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Preparing for Your Visit:

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 or in Ninigret Park from dusk - dawn, with the exception of low bean headlights while in motion. 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.