Wartburg Nights for September at the Observatory is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9 — moved from Saturday nights after positive feedback.
Sunset is at 7:30 p.m., and full dark will be around 9 p.m. The Observatory will be open from sunset until around 10 p.m. or so.
If the weather cooperates, a bright, waxing gibbous moon will dominate the sky. Saturn will be setting early and Jupiter rising late, but Uranus and Neptune will be visible. A number of globular and open clusters, as well as binary stars and planetary nebulae will be on view. Watch for weather updates/postponement announcements.
A few reminders for the observatory:
• Red flashlights may be available at the site, but you may want your own to help you get across the field. Red lights/lenses (even red film over a normal light) will help you preserve night vision.
• If you bring a “normal” white-light flashlight, please be mindful of others and keep the light pointed low.
• No bathrooms are available.
• Always dress as if it will be colder than you think.
• Bugs are still out. Please use your favorite repellent, but apply it away from the telescope area.
The Wartburg Observatory is on the northwest side of campus near the baseball diamond. It uses state-of-the-art technology to record weather and astronomical information.