Saturn viewing canceled

UPDATE: Sorry to say we're dealing with Northeastern Ohio weather again. The sky is 100% overcast making stargazing impossible so we're calling it off! The event will not be rescheduled.

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We plan to bring telescopes back to the library's sidewalk the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 28, in hopes of seeing the beautiful ringed world Saturn. We'll start at about 7:30 PM. This program was postponed from Feb. 21 due to poor seeing conditions. Note: The rescheduled program also depends upon the sky being clear! Cloudy skies cancel and the forecast is for poor to bad seeing. Watch this space for updates!

Saturn reached opposition (as viewed from Earth) on February 10 this year so we are in position for potentially excellent viewing! What's opposition? A line drawn straight out from the Sun would pass right through Earth and Saturn meaning the two planets are at their closest to each other on their annual solar circuits. We'll look at Saturn a little after that "close" point but believe me, you won't be able to see a difference by waiting a few days!

Even with a nearly-full Moon nearby, Saturn should shine through.

Thanks to members of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association for their support!

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