Summer Ends with a Comet!

on Tuesday, 26 August 2014. Posted in Observatory Articles

Summer may be coming to a close at the Oregon Observatory, but that does not mean we are finished. Following Labor Day the Observatory will be open three nights a week (Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) for evening viewing starting at 8PM, and on Saturdays for solar viewing from 11AM-2PM. Although the sky is shifting as we drift towards a new season, there are plenty of objects to see, and even a few new ones rising in the east.

Saturn and Mars are still a treat as they approach the western horizon as a bright pair. As they set, Neptune and Uranus break from the east and start their winter tour in the constellations of Aquarius and Pisces, respectively.

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques has risen high enough in the northern sky to be spotted during our evening program! Come join us at the Oregon Observatory to get a view of this wandering ice ball that will not return to the inner solar system for 19,000 years. Heaven's Above has an excellent page for locating the comet here.

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