With clear skies being forecast for tonight (Saturday night) the Veen Observatory – located south of Lowell, MI – will be open for public tours and telescopic observations. Here are the particulars:
Time: 9.30pm – Midnight
Admission: $3 – Adults, $2 – kids 17 and under, under 5 free
Full information on Visitors’ Nights can be found on the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association website – graaa.org. Just click on the Visitors’ Night link in the menu.
There you will find a map showing directions to the observatory, and a FAQ about visitors’ nights. On the main page of the site, click on the OPEN sign, and you will be taken to a page with particulars about the specific night detailing what objects will be featured through the telescopes.
For tonight, Venus and Saturn are a close pair in the western sky. They will be visible through the telescopes early in the evening, before they go behind some unfortunately placed trees to the west of the observatory. Other objects will be the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, and the moon. There will also be selected brighter deep sky objects like star clusters.
If you go out to the observatory, we’d love to hear your thoughts about the experience. You can leave comments here, or drop an email to graaa @ graaa.org.