Cancelled due to bad weather-Viewing Night at the Detroit Observatory

This is supposed to be really neat.  I actually lived in the dorm next door to this in college where my window looked out at it, but I had never gone inside.  Now, hopefully I will get to see the inside.

April 13 (the day before this event) is the daytime tour of the facility. 

This event is where you get to look through the telescope!!

Viewing Night at the Detroit Observatory in Ann Arbor

 Viewing Night - WEATHER PERMITTING please check after 5 PM

- from 8:00pm until 9:30pm

Weather permitting, this is your chance to look through the 1857 Fitz refractor. Please note it is a 19th century building, so things move at a 19th century pace. You must be able to climb stairs to get to the telescope. Criteria for opening the dome: It must be between 40 and 90deg F, less than 80% humidity, and less than 10% chance of rain.

All events are weather dependent

It must be reasonably clear, with NO precipitation, above 40º F and under 90ºF and 80% humidity. We also need enough people to run the telescope safely. Event titles are updated a few hours before each event with the status (on or cancelled). PLEASE check it before coming out.

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  • Linda

    Thanks for the heads up Diane. We'll do it again when the weather is in a happier place :)

    April 14

  • Diane

    Looks like this is officially canceled due to bad weather. Bummer.

    Go to this website to see other times the event will be held in the future.­

    April 14

    • Laurie

      will we try and go as a group again?

      April 14

    • Diane

      Sorry I can't host the other available dates. If someone else is willing to host it I will post it.

      April 14

  • Diane

    The weather is not looking good for Monday night, but you never know. Please check back here or at­

    AFTER 5:00pm Monday to see if the event is canceled.

    2 · April 13

    • Laurie

      I liked this b/c 1. you thought about it and 2. I now have no excuse to put off my chores :)

      April 14

  • J Anon

    April 22, 2014 before dawn, the Lyrids
    The Lyrid meteor shower – April’s shooting stars – lasts from about April 16 to 25. Lyrid meteors tend to be bright and often leave trails. About 10-20 meteors per hour can be expected at their peak. Plus, the Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out around their peak morning. The radiant for this shower is near the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra (chart here), which rises in the northeast at about 10 p.m. on April evenings. In 2014, the peak morning is April 22, but you might also see meteors before and after that date. There’s a last quarter moon in the sky during the Lyrid peak, which may somewhat subdue the number of Lyrid meteors in 2014.

    March 6

  • Laurie

    I'm a maybe as it's the first night of Passover and may have a place to go.

    March 6

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