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Occultation of Saturn by the Moon Sunday August 31st

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

An occultation of Saturn by the moon will be visible in Syracuse on August 31st from around 13:32 to 13:57. I don’t know how it will look in daylight.

More information can be found at Curt Renz’s WWW site with a map.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Oct 18

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Should be visible from moonrise  to about 10PM.

Triple Shadows on Jupiter Tonight 10/11/13!

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Looking at Jupiter from about 12:30 to 1:00 AM tonight (Saturday morning the 12th) should show shadows of three moons crossing the surface. You will likely need a telescope at least 90 mm in diameter to see the moons.

 

Dave Wormuth

Darling Hill Observatory Will NOT Open Tonight (Friday, September 7) For Observing

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

The consensus among our weather sources is that tonight will either be mostly cloudy with bad transparency or partly cloudy with bad transparency, in both cases featuring the potential for storms before sunset. Worse still, tomorrow night looks even worse. We hope for better conditions for next month, when Jupiter will return to our pre-midnight skies!

Darling Hill Observatory Will OPEN Tonight (August 11) For The Perseids – But Keep Track Of Local Conditions

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

There are mixed reports as to the amount of cloud cover tonight, but all agree that the chance of precipitation is low. Coupled with the fact that the Perseids will not wait for our conditions to improve, we’ll be opening the observatory in hopes of having clear-enough skies for catching the peak of the meteor shower late tonight. The winds are predicted to be higher than ideal for telescope observing, so we might not have lots of equipment set up (but will try regardless).

If you plan on attending, consider something to place on the ground between it and yourself. The best show will radiate from the North-East but will be right above us, so consider your neck!

And for those already looking up, we’re getting three ISS fly-bys tonight (courtesy the predictive tools at heavens-above.com)!

Date Brightness Start Highest point End
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
11 Aug -2.4 20:42:11 10° WSW 20:45:00 54° WNW 20:48:37 10° NE
11 Aug -0.7 22:19:48 10° WNW 22:22:18 20° N 22:24:48 10° NE
11 Aug 0.0 23:57:03 10° NW 23:57:43 13° NNW 23:57:43 13° NNW