March 5, 2015 – The Sunlight Peak Observatory at Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus will be open for stargazing from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6.
The viewing night will be one day past full moon, so the moon will dominate the sky. Jupiter will be very bright to the east, while Venus will be lighting up the western sky. Orion will pass high overhead at 8 p.m. and provide an opportunity to see its star-forming nebula. A variety of binary stars, galaxies, and star clusters may be viewed as well.
Amateur astronomers are invited to bring their own telescopes.
Sunlight Peak Observatory is on FRCC’s Larimer Campus, Harmony Road and Shields Street, Fort Collins.
Stargazing is scheduled skies and weather permitting. Observatories are at outdoor temperature, so dress for the weather. For updates about weather conditions affecting the viewing schedule, check the observatory’s Facebook page.