Veen Observatory Visitors’ Night for July 14

1am EDT (7/15) Update: A successful public event was had. Many thanks to those members of the public who attended, and also to local television stations WZZM TV13 and WXMI TV17 for their continuing support of the Astronomical Association and it’s observatory by publicizing their events.

5pm EDT Update: The Observatory will be open this evening. The skies are clearing now.

Unlike two weeks ago, it’s not certain that there will be clear skies for tonight’s public night at the Veen Observatory. Some meteorologists are saying it will clear up, some are not. our staff weather people haven’t looked into it enough yet to make a decision. So the Go/No Go announcement will be postponed until 7.00pm at the latest.

If we are open, here’s 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 – 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, the planet Jupiter will be the main target. Along with the solar system’s largest planet, we will show off some of the finest objects of deep space as well, including nebulas and star clusters. And who knows, perhaps a comet and an asteroid. The sky’s the limit.

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 @


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