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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, 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.
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 February:
Venus is very low in the west after sunset, moving a bit higher in the sky each day, but still beyond the reach of the Hyde telescopes at opening time. Mercury enters the evening sky midmonth, but remains too low to be viewed. All the other major planets are in the morning sky before dawn (Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). Uranus and Neptune are in the early 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: February 3 — the moon is nearing Last Quarter (on the 7th) and rises after the observatory closes at 10 p.m.; February 10 — the moon is between Third Quarter and New, and is not in the evening sky during observatory hours; February 17 — the moon is just past New, a thin crescent in the west, but it sets just as the observatory is opening; February 24th — the moon is just past First Quarter and is 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.