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The Rare “Christmas Star” Rooftop Viewing
December 21, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 5:30pm, repeating until December 22, 2020
Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky Monday, appearing closer to one another than they have since Galileo’s time in the 17th century. Astronomers say so-called conjunctions between the two largest planets in our solar system aren’t particularly rare. Jupiter passes its neighbor Saturn in their respective laps around the sun every 20 years. But the one coming up is especially close: Jupiter and Saturn will be just one-tenth of a degree apart from our perspective or about one-fifth the width of a full moon. They should be easily visible around the world a little after sunset, weather permitting.
The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center will have its rooftop open to view the star from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
The telescope view will be projected on a screen outside the observatory on the roof. The waiting area will be outside of the Ruth Patrick center on the patio and the adjacent lawn. Masks must be worn inside the center and on the roof. Elevator access is to the third floor of the building. Access to the roof is by a stairwell from the third floor. Bringing one’s own binoculars is encouraged.