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Public Viewing

NOTE: ALL remaining NMC Observatory Public Viewing nights and other events have been canceled for the remainder of 2020.

Students from the NMC Astronomy Club and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) host public viewing nights from 9 to 11 p.m. at Rogers Observatory.

The observatory is at 1753 Birmley Road, about five miles south of NMC's main campus between Garfield and Keystone roads, one-half mile south of Hammond Road.

The admission fee is $2 per person, or $5 per family.

2020 Public Viewing Schedule:

Day

Date

Comments

Friday

Jan. 3*

Orion Nebula, Moon, Venus

Friday

Feb. 7*

Orion Nebula, Moon, Venus

Friday

March 6*

Moon, Orion Nebula, Venus

Friday

April 3*

Venus, Orion Nebula, Moon (CANCELED)

Friday

May 1*

Venus, Moon (CANCELED)

Saturday

May 2

Mercury early, Venus, Moon late (CANCELED)

Friday

June 5*

Mercury early, Moon late (CANCELED)

Saturday

June 20

Jupiter very late (CANCELED)

Friday

July 3*

Moon, Jupiter very late (CANCELED)

Saturday

July 18

Jupiter late, Saturn very late (CANCELED)

Saturday

Aug. 1

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn (CANCELED)

Friday

Aug. 7*

Jupiter, Saturn (CANCELED)

Saturday

Aug. 29

Jupiter, Saturn, Moon (CANCELED)

Friday

Sept. 4*

Jupiter, Saturn, Moon, Mars (CANCELED)

Saturday

Sept. 26

International Observe the Moon Night, Jupiter, Saturn (CANCELED)

Friday

Oct. 2*

Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Moon (CANCELED)

Friday

Nov. 6*

Mars, Orion Nebula & Moon late (CANCELED)

Friday

Dec. 4*

Mars, Orion Nebula, Moon late (CANCELED)

* These dates, the 9–11 p.m. viewing session is preceded by a meeting and program by the GTAS, at 8 p.m. All are welcome.

See gtastro.org for more outreach events around the area.

  • Orion Nebula: A stellar nursery, 1,800 light years away, visible on winter evenings
  • Summer Milky Way: Many Deep Sky Objects are visible in our galaxy, best seen on August and September evenings

In Case of Inclement Weather

If it is cloudy, a tour and slide show will be presented. Winter viewing may be canceled, if a heavy snow, during the day, makes the hill impassable.

Web Sites of Interest

For more information on events at the Rogers Observatory, call (231) 995-2300.

For more information on events sponsored by GTAS, go to gtastro.org.

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"It's a wonderful thing when the community comes out and uses the facility they helped to build."

JERRY DOBEK
NMC ASTRONOMY INSTRUCTOR

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