Stargazing with EAPS is ON!
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Building 37, Roof
70 VASSAR ST, Cambridge, MA 02139
The skies are clearing so stargazing is ON tonight! It will be cold and windy, so dress appropriately—winter jacket, hat, gloves, warm socks and shoes/boots.
Saturn sets early; it may not be viewable at all, depending on whether there are a few stray clouds in the west.
Tonight and tomorrow morning are the predicted peak activity for the Leonid meteor shower: https://www.amsmeteors.org/2017/11/meteor-activity-outlook-for-november-...
However, we don’t expect to see many (or any) tonight, for several reasons. But we may get lucky! Come and hear about what causes meteor showers, and how best to view them.
We’ll have two potential satellite transits: the first is the Japanese ALOS satellite at 6pm, the second will be an Iridium flare at 6:12pm. Neither is very bright, but if the skies are clear and the Iridium satellite orbit hasn’t decayed, we should get a good view.
**UPDATE** Join us for a stargazing session this Friday! See Saturn’s spectacular rings, watch satellites pass overhead, explore star clusters and more (weather permitting). To get to the observing platform: go to the 6th floor of building 37, turn left as you exit the elevator. Look for the door on the left that says "penthouse" and go up the spiral staircase to the roof, then up another short staircase to the observing platform. The conditions on the roof are almost always windier than at ground level, so dress accordingly! The weather forecast for Friday is very promising, but cold! We will post another event update by Friday at 3pm with a note confirming whether the open observing will be happening.
Join us in observing the night sky this fall semester! This month we will be observing: Saturn, deep sky targets, and earth-orbiting satellites.
All observing sessions will be on the roof of building 37, which is accessed via two staircases from the 6th floor of 37. Note that the start time varies from month to month, and is generally timed to begin around civil twilight.
This event is weather-dependent. If it is raining or significantly cloudy, it will be cancelled. Check back here by 3pm on the day of the event for a weather update.
Open to: MIT Community
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