Stargazing Nights - CLOSED

Stargazing Nights - CLOSED

Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
Fri, Mar 10, 2023 - CLOSED
$5 Suggested Donation per Person

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.

The Friday night weather bomb of 2023 continues in full stride. Forecasts for tonight are calling for clouds to move in later this afternoon with rain setting in around 8:00 pm. Even though the Moon is only a few days past the full phase, with the 90% waning gibbous rising at 9:10 pm, the clouds will be too heavy for any fall-backs to the Moon. With overcast conditions and a threat of rain, it will not be possible for us to open the Observatory dome, and onsite conditions will be cold, wet, and dismal. As such, we will keep the Observatory and Science Center closed this week. Hopefully we can open on Friday, March 17, 2023 with our regular Stargazing Nights event. Let’s think hard about a clear Friday night!

Take a moment on this rainy night to catch up on some fun astro-happenings this week in:
A Celebration of Space - March 10, 2023

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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.

How to Dress for Winter Conditions: The Frosty Drew Observatory is not climate controlled, and the temperatures inside the dome need to match the outside air temperature for a stable telescopic view. Frosty Drew Astronomy Team members dress in layers during the winter and for a very good reason. You should consider doing the same. Please read Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing to familiarize yourself with adequate dressing measures.

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 beam 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.