Darling Hill Observatory Will OPEN Tonight, May 21 (Saturday) – But Watch The Skies

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

The warning to watch the skies has less to do with current events on the internets and more to do with the prediction of clear but not-too-transparent conditions. If it becomes cloudy enough to obscure stars we will not be opening, but we will otherwise be at the hill for observing. The Moon will not rise above our Eastern horizon until 1 a.m., providing plenty of nighttime observing of Saturn and some later Scorpius and Sagittarius Messier viewing.

The observatory will be official open around 8:20 p.m. but members will be at the hill beforehand. There are no ISS fly-overs tonight and two Iridium flare predictions, listed below from heavens-above.com. We hope you can join us!

Date Local

Distance to
flare centre
Intensity at
flare centre
21 May 23:14:21 -1 28° 245° (WSW) 60.0 km (E) -7 Iridium 53
22 May 02:32:41 -0 25° 300° (WNW) 69.6 km (E) -7 Iridium 21