On Saturday August 22 at 7 pm our telescopes will focus on the red planet to witness the atmospheric effects of an ongoing dust storm. Covering all of Mars, the planet-wide storm sends dust particles high into the thin atmosphere — blocking sunlight from hitting the surface — and obscuring our view as well. The bright reflection from Mars will be dwarfed, however, by the nearly full moon.
Not to be forgotten, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn will make appearances as well. Though light from the moon will dampen our chances of seeing many deep space objects, if skies are otherwise clear we guarantee you’ll see many constellations including the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, and that crazy swan, Cygnus.
Our astronomy experts will be your guide to the night sky at Penn Dixie. You may bring along your own telescope or are welcome to use one of the telescopes provided for the evening. Admission to these evening events is $4; Penn Dixie members attend for free.
Please note that we will provide updates on social media should this program be canceled due to weather.