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Summer Stargazing Nights

Summer Stargazing Nights

Frosty Drew Observatory
Fri, Jun 26, 2020 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Update: Tonight's event has SOLD OUT. Thank you to all who donated, you are awesome! We'll see you tonight!

Tonight is Stargazing Night at Frosty Drew Observatory and forecasts are looking rather promising. We can expect clear skies with a chance of periodic clouds. Temps will be warm, but humidity should be manageable. Tonight’s Moon will sport a 32% waxing crescent and will hang beautifully over the SW sky for our entire session, with set times at 12:27 am. At 32% crescent the Moon will be showing a stunning view of Earthshine, which is when the nighttime side of the Moon is illuminated from sunlight reflecting off Earth, allowing for a subtle yet ghostly glow alongside the crescent. It should be a beautiful night to be out!

Tonight we will host a limited stargazing experience as part of our reopening plan. During this time of the year we usually open at 6:00 pm with solar observing. Celebrating views of the solar chromosphere and photosphere. Once the Sun sets, we switch over to the beautiful night sky over the observatory. Tonight’s event will not include our solar observing event and will, instead start at 9:00 pm and end at 10:30 pm. We will have telescopes setup in the observatory courtyard showcasing nebulae, star clusters, binary stars, the Moon, and eventually Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. The primary observatory 16” telescope will be open and will service one visitor at a time.

Due to restrictions on the number of people that can be in groups, we have integrated a temporary ticketing system. Tickets can be acquired online only! Please DO NOT attempt to circumvent the ticketing process by using the standard donation form on our website. THAT WILL NOT GET YOU A TICKET OR ACCESS TO THIS EVENT! A ticket is required for admission at tonight’s event!

Important information about tickets:

- A maximum of 50 tickets will be available for each night depending on telescope availability.
- A ticket is required for each person in your party / group.
- Tickets will not be available on site. This means you need to arrive with your ticket.
- Tickets will be checked at the Observatory main gate, either electronically or physically.
- The name on the ticket must match the name of the ticket holder.
- If you do not have a ticket, you will not be granted admission.
- Tickets are non-refundable.
- This event is weather dependent and cancellations will be posted on the day of the event.

We ask for a donation of $5 per person over the age of 5 years. The ticket acquisition process will accept any donation amount that you are willing to give, and we thank you for doing so!

Tickets for tonight's event are sold out and no longer available.

When visiting, please be aware of signage and social distancing markers as well as flow indicators. If you are experiencing any symptoms of any contagion, stay home and postpone your visit, even if that means forfeiture of your ticket. Visitors who are visibly displaying symptoms of a contagion will not be granted admission. This is just how it is for now, so take your allergy pill before departing for Frosty Drew Observatory!

Before visiting we always recommend reading 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. Though in particular you should read our Equipment Usage TOS because this will be in full force and inability to follow will result in the visitor or party being required to leave. Please familiarize yourself with our visiting info. I could prevent a potentially embarrassing moment.

Be sure to subscribe to the Frosty Drew Observatory mailing list, follow us on Twitter (@FrostyDrewOBSY) or on Facebook to receive status updates about our Summer Stargazing Nights program and more.

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.

Catch up on all the amazing things happening in space this week, including another SpaceX Starlink launch, Comet NEOWISE is seen on SOHO, and Jupiter and Saturn viewing at Frosty Drew in: A Celebration of Space - June 26, 2020

Please note that we do not allow any white lights on our campus from dusk - dawn. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all as well as to allow for the use of light sensitive astronomical equipment. Learn more about why we have this requirement in The Red Light District