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Jonathan Sabin

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Sidewalk Astronomy December 2017
« on: December 17, 2017, 10:24:09 am »
Weather permitting, on Saturday, December 23, 2017 starting at 5:45 p.m., and continuing until at least 10:00 p.m., we will set up our high-quality telescopes for public viewing near the the 51st Street West entrance to G.T. Bray Park.

Centrally located in Bradenton, G.T. Bray Park sits between 51st and 59th Streets West, with 33rd Avenue Drive West running through the center of the Park. We will have the telescopes set up in the small parking lot just inside the 33rd Ave Dr W entrance, off of 51st Street West.

For those planning to attend as a guest, parking will be available in a parking lot on the south side of 33rd, approximately 100 yards west of the observing area. Additional parking is available at Happy Tails Dog Park just north of the lot where we'll be set up.

Observing highlights during the evening include the first quarter moon and the distant planets Uranus and Neptune as well as other deep-sky wonders that will be visible through the member's telescopes.

As always, the event is free of charge and is open to everyone!

Hope to see you there!
Jonathan Sabin,
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Re: Sidewalk Astronomy December 2017
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 03:18:55 pm »

Weather update for tonight's Sidewalk Astronomy @ G.T. Bray Park
 
Although multiple forecast tools all appear to be predicting slightly different things for this evening; the one consensus is that it definitely won't be raining - - our biggest issue MAY be high (and therefore thin) clouds until 7:00 or 7:30 p.m. With high, thin clouds, we'll be able to at least offer great views of the first quarter moon, and if things DO clear up a bit between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m., it'll allow us to observe some of the harder to see objects as well. There's also the possibility of a bit of fog rolling in later in the evening.

Nevertheless, we ARE a "go" for tonight, even though conditions may not be ideal.  :-)

Hope to see you out there!
Jonathan Sabin,
LGDSO President