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Winter Constellations (March 3, 10 and 17) — The mythology and science behind star patterns in the Winter sky above Lincoln. (Spring Constellations March 24 and 31). Run time: approximately 20 minutes.
Astro News: The latest news from Astronomy, an exciting science where new discoveries are reported nearly every day! Run time approximately 15 minutes (varies with the amount of news).
Earth’s Nearest Neighbor: A new program about the moon, runs on evenings when the moon is visible. Run time: 21 minutes.
Your Window on the Universe
Featuring views of the night skies through our 3 Telescopes!
Presentations & Programs
Astronomy Presentations every Saturday Night!
It's all FREE
There is NO ADMISSION CHARGE
We’re open every Saturday year-round.
Hyde may be closed if Saturday falls on or very near a major holiday. If in doubt call first: (402) 441-7094.
March 15-August 31
Sundown to 11 PM
8 PM to 11 PM
October 1-March 14
7 PM to 10 PM
What we’re looking at through the observatory’s telescopes in February:
Venus is low in the west after sunset, moving a bit higher in the sky each day, and by the end of March it is high enough in the west for us to view in the telescopes early in the evening. Mercury is near Venus until mid-month, never getting quite high enough for us to view, then it dives back towards the sun. All the other major planets are in the morning sky before dawn (Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). Uranus is near Venus low in the west after sunset. Neptune has vanished into the solar glare. Neither is a good target for the Hyde telescopes now.
On Saturday public nights this month: March 3 – just after Full Moon, a slight terminator provides some shadows for feature contrast; March 10 – the moon rises after the observatory closes; March 17 – New Moon, not visible; March 24 -First Quarter, excellent lunar viewing; March 31 – second Full Moon of the month (a “Blue Moon”), no shadows because the sun is shining straight down, so surface details are hard to pick out.
Deep Sky Objects
Galaxies, Nebulae, globular star clusters and other objects beyond the solar system will be viewed through the telescopes throughout the month, depending upon sky conditions. Astronomical Spring begins with the Equinox on March 20th, so this month is your last chance to see the bright objects of the Winter sky as our galaxy, the Milky Way begins to swing into view in the East.