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Darling Hill Will OPEN Tonight (July 1) For Its Public Viewing Session!

Posted by sasadmin, July 1st, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

Anyone out observing last night was treated to excellent dark skies (albeit a bit shaky along the Western horizon for those observing Saturn before its late setting) and fantastic viewing through high-power. Tonight looks to be more of the same, so we will be opening the observatory around 8:30 (plenty of time to walk the grounds and see the building and member scopes during the daylight).

For myself, I will be spending a bit of my observing time trying to see the remaining light of a recent supernova in M51 (the Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici/Ursa Major – just off the handle of the Big Dipper). The view was excellent last night but I didn’t know I was also seeing a 13 mag tail of the explosion). Sky and Telescope provides the following image from Stéphane Lamotte Bailey that pinpoints the location:

From Sky&Tel: French observer Stéphane Lamotte Bailey created this animation of the Whirlpool galaxy’s new supernova using images he took with his 8-inch telescope on May 30 and June 2, 2011.

Better still, for the first Public Viewing in quite a few months, we will be treated to a reasonable-hour ISS fly-by at 9:50 p.m. (shown below, from heavens-above.com).

Date Mag Starts Max. altitude Ends
Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
1 Jul -1.9 21:50:22 10 WNW 21:53:08 27 SW 21:55:27 13 SSE

Directions to Darling Hill can be found at www.syracuse-astro.org/dho-occ-directions/. We hope you can join us!

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