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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 on Saturday, November 25 for Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Open again on Saturday, December 2.
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 November:
Saturn will drop too close to the southwest horizon to be seen during observatory hours after Daylight Savings Time ends on November 5. 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.
On Saturday public nights this month: November 4 — the moon is 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. November 11 — it rises too late to be seen during viewing hours. November 18 is New Moon, so nothing to see. November 25 is just before First Quarter, and would be a perfect time to look at the moon … BUT the observatory will be closed Thanskgiving weekend.
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.