Update 11/17: It’s not looking like the weather will cooperate with us for tomorrow evening’s observation. We are canceling the event. We’re just as disappointed as you all are. This opportunity would have marked the end of our 2017 public observation season. Stay tuned to the website and Facebook for an announcement of when our 2018 calendar of events will be posted.
Update 11/10: This has been a tough call folks but we are going to cancel tomorrow’s event and push it out to the rain date on the 18th. The forecast is varying quite drastically across most of the commercial weather sites and on the main astronomical weather site we use is projecting quite bad conditions for tomorrow night for stargazing. Let’s hope for better conditions and at least bit warmer on the 18th.
The Forsyth Astronomical Society will be hosting a public observation on Saturday November 11th in the upper knob overlook parking area of Pilot Mountain State Park. This is one our premier public observation sites due to its darker skies in comparison to our typical urban sites. We will be able to show you more dark sky objects at this location than any public event site we use. Sunset is at 5:17 pm. As dusk falls Saturn will be low on the horizon and will be easily seen. As darkness ebbs on a plethora of star clusters, nebulae and even galaxies will be available if sky conditions allow. New objects will be rising as the night progresses . If you visit and see “all there is to see”, give it a couple of hours and we can show you more. We will continue with the observation until 10 pm.
Forecasts as of this post aren’t looking especially well and have the lows for the 11th to be in the low 30’s for the surrounding area. Being that we will be atop the mountain the temps can be as much as 10 degrees cooler, possibly more if the wind is blowing, so please dress appropriately, especially the little ones. This event is a weather dependent event so stay tuned to this post or the club’s Facebook page for a final weather call the Friday before the event. You can also call Kaleideum North after 5 pm on Friday for the weather call via their automated voice message system. In the event of inclement weather there is a rain date of November 18th. We hope to see you all there.