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Observatory Viewing Update

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The Boeing Observatory at the SC State Museum is open every Tuesday night, during Second Shift Twosdays, until 8 p.m. Observatory access is included with museum general admission, which is 2 for $10 and free for museum members during Second Shift Twosday nights.

This page will be updated each Tuesday with the expected viewing forecast for that evening.

Observatory Viewing Update For Tues., Dec. 11

Weather conditions can change quickly, so make sure to follow @SCSMObservatory on Twitter for updates.


5:15 p.m.


Current National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly clear skies.

What to See

Moon, Mars, Uranus, Globular Cluster M15, Andromeda Galaxy, Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Viewing Notes

Please note: in the event of poor viewing conditions, Boeing Observatory staff will have hands-on activities available for guests to enjoy.

  • There is an International Space Station pass at 6:27 p.m.

  • We are going to TRY to view Comet 46P/Wirtanen in the last 30 minutes or so before closing.

  • The Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest major galaxy to our Milky Way and is 2.5 million light years from Earth.

  • Globular Cluster M3 is a cluster of about 500,000 extremely old stars and is located about 34,000 light years from Earth.