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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 10 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., July 25

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

SUNSET

8:30 p.m.

WEATHER

Current National Weather Service forecast calls for a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

WHAT TO SEE

Jupiter (until 9:30pm), Globular Cluster M13, Ring Nebula, Saturn (after 9:30pm)

VIEWING NOTES

  • Saturn is visible in the Clark telescope only after 9:30 p.m.

  • The Ring Nebula is an area where a Sun-like star died and is located 2,300 light years from Earth. These objects may only be visible if the sky is very clear.

  • Globular Cluster M13 is a cluster of about 300,000 stars located 22,000 light years from Earth.

  • We’re now in our unpredictable summer weather pattern. Conditions can change quickly, particularly if there are afternoon/evening thunderstorms in the area. It can be raining in the early evening and then clear enough to allow viewing around sunset. In the event of cloudy weather, observatory educators will lead hands-on astronomy activities and observatory tours.