Stargazing Nights - CLOSED

Stargazing Nights - CLOSED

Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
Fri, May 10, 2024 - CLOSED
This event is cancelled

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.

Tonight forecasts are calling for mostly cloudy to overcast sky conditions with a chance of showers for the first half of the night. The 12% waxing crescent Moon will be with us until 11:22 pm, sitting in the SW sky like a thin sliver of Moon. Unfortunately, tonight’s forecast will not allow for telescope viewing, and the threat of showers will keep the Observatory viewing shutter closed. Since there is a credible expectation of intense geomagnetic storm activity tonight, that may bring the Aurora Borealis to our region, we feel that visitors would be better off heading north to catch a view. So we will keep the Observatory and Science Center closed tonight. We’ll open next on Friday, May 17, 2024 with our last Spring Stargazing Nights event ( The following week we’ll kick off our Summer Stargazing Nights event, which brings more telescopes, the solar viewing program, guest speakers, and more. We’ll see you next week.

Be sure to subscribe to the Frost Drew Observatory mailing list and follow us on Instagram to receive status updates about our Stargazing Nights program and more.

Take a moment to catch up on some space happenings, including the high probability of the Aurora Borealis this weekend, in:
A Celebration of Space - May 10, 2024

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 Prepare for Springtime Conditions: The Frosty Drew Observatory is located inside Ninigret Park and borders the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. Insects and arachnids are a concern when visiting the Frosty Drew campus. We have observed mosquitoes, green head flies, deer flies, ticks, biting ants, and more. Please read the Mosquitoes and Insects section on our Visiting the Observatory page to familiarize yourself with adequate preparation 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.