Enjoy a free public stargazing event at the Montgomery Hill Observatory from 8:45 pm to 10:45 pm. View the skies with our two observatories and several telescopes set out for the public. Kids learn how to use telescopes and identify objects in the sky!

For this evening the mighty Hercules will be rising in the eastern night sky, see if you see the keystone stars of this constellation. We’ll have one of the observatory telescopes focusing on M13 “The Great Cluster in Hercules” one of the finest spring night globular clusters. Globular clusters are densely packed collections of ancient stars. Roughly spherical, they contain hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of stars.  Tonight the waxing gibbous Moon will rise in the east, and the Moon will be 58% illuminated, very bright, and not quite full.

Look for the Constellation Lyra where you can find the Ring Nebula (M 57) a planetary nebula that looks like a ring of smoke. The original star that created the Ring Nebula is thought to have been several times more massive than our sun but not large enough to explode as a supernova. This will happen to our star the Sun in 5 billion years, so we have plenty of time to find a new home.

Did everyone enjoy the new "eVscope" last month please let us know so we can plan to have more objects planned for the evening. Here is a list of DSO (Deep Space Object) we plan to view this evening, M66 Leo Triplet galaxies, NGC 4676 Mice galaxy, M4 Globular star cluster, NGC 7000 North America nebula, NGC 6888 Crescent nebula and, M64 Black-Eye galaxy.

Keep looking up; you're bound to find something new.

Rick Francisco

For questions, contact Rick Francisco at ricardo.francisco@evc.edu

Parking: Free Parking after 6:00 PM in parking lot #9A for this event.