Hyde Observatory Celebrates 40 Years with a Special Guest Speaker

Hyde Memorial Observatory would like to invite the public to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Observatory with special guest, Nagin Cox, Spacecraft Operations Engineer, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm in The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union Auditorium. This event is free. Following the program the public is invited to the Hyde Memorial Observatory on the south side of Holmes Lake for night sky viewing.

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September Programs

Summer Constellations (through 9/21, then Autumn Constellations) — The mythology and science behind star patterns in the Summer sky above Lincoln. Run time: approximately 20 minutes

Ring World + Cassini’s Grand Finale — about Saturn and the Cassini mission which is entering its last stage, when the probe will drop into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15. Run time: 19 minutes.

Your Window on the Universe

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    Our Telescopes

    Featuring views of the night skies through our 3 Telescopes!

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    Presentations & Programs

    Astronomy Presentations every Saturday Night!

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    It's all FREE



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.

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    Sundown to 11 PM

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    8 PM to 11 PM

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    7 PM to 10 PM

What we’re looking at through the observatory’s telescopes in September:

The Planets

Saturn is in the southwestern sky all evening. Its rings are opened almost to maximum tilt, so it is particularly stunning in a telescope. Both of the solar system’s Ice Giants, Uranus and Neptune, are in the evening sky this month, and may be visible through the telescopes depending upon viewing conditions.

The Moon

The moon is in gibbous phase on September 2, four days before Full, which provides a clear view of the terminator (boundary between sunlit and dark, where shadows render surface features easy to see). On September 9, the waning moon rises an hour before the observatory closes. On the 16th, the moon rises too late for observation. On the 23rd, the moon is a crescent visible in the western sky just after sunset. On the 30th — Hyde’s 40th Anniversary Celebration — the moon is just past First Quarter, perfect for 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.

Check out our new Celestron 14″ Telescope

Stop by Hyde Observatory and See the Universe!