If the skies clear as promised, tonight (Saturday night) the James C. Veen Observatory – located south of Lowell, MI – will be open for public tours and telescopic observations. Here are the particulars:
Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm (Note the earlier start and end times!)
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.
Tonight’s featured objects will be the planets Uranus and Neptune, the farthest planets from the sun. In addition, we will be looking at some of the finest objects of deep space as well, including galaxies, nebulas and star clusters. And who knows what else. After all, we’ve got the whole night sky to choose from.
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.