Please meet at 2:00pm.
Look for the Red Shirts.
The Magellan spacecraft made the first global map of Venus’ surface. Earth and Venus are similar in size, mass and distance from the Sun. Venus has no oceans and temperatures hot enough to melt lead! As with Mercury, we’ll open early for this beauty—it’ll be in Ophiuchus.
Mercury and Venus each get two two-hour sessions due to their descending with the Sun and therefore the added difficulty of seeing them in a telescope.
Have a favorite planet? HRPO sets aside one Saturday annually for each planet in our Solar System so you and your family, friends and coworkers can get an “up close” view of the terrestrial or gas giant that’s #1 on your list. Or… try to see all of them! As usual, there’s never any out-of-pocket expense for looking through HRPO’s two large reflectors.