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Winter Constellations — The mythology and science behind star patterns in the Winter sky above Lincoln. 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, premieres January 20th.
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.
Sundown to 11 PM
8 PM to 11 PM
7 PM to 10 PM
What we’re looking at through the observatory’s telescopes in January:
All the major planets are either too close to the sun to be viewed (Saturn), or are in the morning sky before dawn (Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter). Uranus and Neptune are in the evening sky, and we may turn the telescopes on them occasionally, but they appear as unimpressive marble-sized objects.
On Saturday public nights this month: January 6 — the moon is nearing Last Quarter (on the 8th) and rises after the observatory closes at 10 p.m.; January 13 — the moon is approaching New and is not in the evening sky during observatory hours; January 20th — the moon is a crescent, a good time to view it before it sets around 9 p.m; January 27th — the moon is between First Quarter and Full, in the sky all evening making for good viewing.
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. Among the objects in our Winter sky are the Pleiades, an open star cluster of luminous young stars enmeshed in a cloud of galactic dust, and the Great Nebula of Orion (M42), a cloud of dust and gas where new stars are actively forming.