December Programs

Autumn Constellations — The mythology and science behind star patterns in the Autumn 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).

NOTE: The observatory will be closed Saturday December 23 and December 30 because of Christmas and New Years holidays. Open again on January 6, 2018.

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 December:

The Planets

All the major planets are either too close to the sun to be viewed (Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn), or are in the morning sky before dawn (Venus and Mars). 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.

The Moon

On Saturday public nights this month: December 2 — the moon is nearing Full, visible all evening, but this is not the best time to view it because the sun is shining directly down, producing no shadows on the surface. December 9 it rises too late to be seen during viewing hours. December 16 is just before New Moon on the 18th, so the moon is a thin sliver in the predawn sky, not an evening object. THE OBSERVATORY IS CLOSED ON DECEMBER 23 (near First Quarter) AND 30 (nearing Full Moon on January 2).

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 Autumn sky is the Andromeda Galaxy, M31. This is our Milky Way Galaxy’s nearest major galactic neighbor, with nearly twice the number of stars, but strongly resembling our galaxy. It is 2-1/2 million light years from us, and rushing towards us. It will collide with the Milky Way galaxy … in 4.5 billion years.

Check out our new Celestron 14″ Telescope

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