Stargazing Nights - CLOSED

Stargazing Nights - CLOSED

Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
Fri, Dec 22, 2023 - CLOSED

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 Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center will be closed tonight due to holiday revelries that are happening with the team and families. It will be a beautifully clear night, of course, but it will also be very cold tonight, which would have made it one of the coldest nights we have had in late 2023. Be sure to step outside tonight and take note of the 81% waxing gibbous Moon, which will light up the winter landscape beautifully. Also note Jupiter, which will look like the brightest star in the sky and will be sitting about 7º westward of the Moon. Saturn will be sitting to the S→SE. So raise a glass to the sky as you kick off your weekend of holiday revelries, and toast the first Friday of Winter.

We will open next on Friday, December 29, 2023 with our regular Stargazing Nights event. We'll see you then!

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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.

Read about our Observatory Dome Access Passes, which are available on a first come first serve basis.

How to Prepare for Autumn Conditions: The second half of autumn at Frosty Drew will bring cooler than expected temperatures. The wide open environment, and outdoor design of the event, will directly expose visitors to the elements. Dressing for winter temperatures is highly recommended when visiting during this time of year. The Observatory building is not climate controlled and the temperatures inside the building must match the outside air temperatures for correct operations. A wind breaking jacket, hat, and warm shoes are necessary when visiting.

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.