Stargazing Nights - CLOSED

Stargazing Nights - CLOSED

Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
Fri, Jan 19, 2024 - CLOSED
$5 Suggested Donation Per Person

Welcome to the Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center's 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.

In what appears to be a repeat of January 2023, we are seeing overcast conditions repeatedly on Friday nights. Tonight’s forecast is calling for overcast conditions with wind and snow. The 70% waxing gibbous Moon would have been quite a sight in our telescope tonight, but conditions on site will be too inclement to open the observatory roof. Additionally, due to a range of wintry conditions across the region, we believe that travel has the potential to be hazardous tonight, so we will keep the Observatory and Science Center closed this week. We’ll try again next Friday, January 26, 2024 for our Winter Stargazing Nights event. Clouds begone!

In the meantime, sit in with the snow and a good read with this weeks astro digest:
A Celebration of Space - January 19, 2024

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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 temperature 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.