Stargazing May 13th/postponed – new date5/20


The Friends of Wallisch Homestead are partnering with the North Jersey Astronomical Group (NJAG) again this year for an evening of Stargazing Saturday MAY 13th at 8:00 PM (Rain Date May 20th at 8:00PM) . This will be the third season NJAG returns to the Homestead. Viewing conditions at this site is quite good for NJ as there is little light pollution and the view across the valley to Bearfort Mountain is unobstructed by trees. The evening will finish around 10:30PM at moonrise (which will spoil the view).

NJAG Members will be setting up their own telescopes for viewing by the general public. Sunset is 8:05 PM. The first object that will come into view will be Jupiter as twilight deepens about 1/2 hour later.

After the sky gets completely dark, the Beehive Cluster M44 in Cancer, Galaxies M81 and M82 in Ursa Major ( Big Dipper) will be visible. Other deep sky objects will include the great globular cluster M13 in Hercules, and Clusters M3 and M92. If we are really lucky , we may also be able to catch a glimpse of Comet C/2015V2 (Johnson) if it brightens according to predictions.. The evening will start with some soft music from the homestead as NJAG sets up their equipment in the field out back. All are welcome and educators are encouraged to attend.

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