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Summer hours at observatory


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Spring/Summer hours are now in effect at the Goldendale Observatory through the end of September. Visiting hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight, Wednesdays through Sundays.

For the month of April, telescope viewing under clear skies should reveal the Moon from the 1st to the 9th and the 25th to the 30th (New Moon is on the 20th) and the planets Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn. The constellations Canes Venatici, Coma Berenices, Corvus and Virgo will be identified and deep sky objects such as a nebula, star cluster and galaxy in the constellations will be viewed through the telescopes.

During “The Stars Tonight,” portion of the program, current topics from Sky and Telescope Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, the Astronomical Calendar, “The Observer’s Year” and “365 Starry Nights” will be presented.

Observatory staff will celebrate National Astronomy Day on April 28. A presentation about amateur astronomy will be given in the Interpretive Center theater during the evening session that day.

The afternoon program, which begins at 2:05 p.m. may include telescope views of sun-spots, solar flares, and the planet Venus.


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