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19 Aug

Views from The Durham 2019

Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Aug 19 | Stargazing 9-11pm | Music 8-10pm

Join us on the roof for our final telescopic stargazing night of the season hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and the Innovate Your Cool Conference. Stop by for guided constellation tours, music from DJ Mic Check, and celestial cocktail creations from the bar.


Free and Family Friendly!


8-10pm | Music with DJ Mic Check

9-11pm | Stargazing with Morehead Planetarium


June 10  – CANCELED due to weather conditions


June 24  

Views: Mercury (nearly) at greatest eastern elongation

Mercury’s orbit lies closer to the Sun than the Earth’s, meaning it always appears close to the Sun and is lost in the Sun’s glare much of the time. It is observable for only a few days each time it reaches greatest separation from the Sun – moments referred to as greatest elongation. When it lies to the east, it rises and sets a short time after the Sun and is visible in early evening twilight.


July 8 – CANCELED due to weather conditions

Views: Saturn (nearly) at opposition

Saturn will be well placed for observation, in the constellation Sagittarius. It will be visible for much of the night, angled to show its northern hemisphere at this opposition. The rings will inclined at an angle of 24° to our line of sight, which is almost the maximum inclination they can have. This means they will be very well presented.


July 15 

Views: Saturn, Jupiter, waxing gibbous moon

Saturn and Jupiter will be well placed for observation, plus we’ll be able to see the waxing gibbous (just a bit shy of full) moon. And we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing!


August 12  — CANCELED


August 19 

Views: Jupiter, Saturn, Summer constellations, moon
We should have well-positioned views of Jupiter and Saturn, plus a great look at many of the Summer constellations. The moon will be rising just before the end of our session, so some visitors might catch a glimpse of our lunar neighbor as well!