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Public Viewing

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

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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

Saturday

June 20

Jupiter very late

Friday

July 3*

Moon, Jupiter very late

Saturday

July 18

Jupiter late, Saturn very late

Saturday

Aug. 1

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn

Friday

Aug. 7*

Jupiter, Saturn

Saturday

Aug. 29

Jupiter, Saturn, Moon

Friday

Sept. 4*

Jupiter, Saturn, Moon, Mars

Saturday

Sept. 26

International Observe the Moon Night, Jupiter, Saturn

Friday

Oct. 2*

Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Moon

Friday

Nov. 6*

Mars, Orion Nebula & Moon late

Friday

Dec. 4*

Mars, Orion Nebula, Moon late

* 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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