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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., March 21

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

SUNSET

7:36 p.m.

WEATHER

Current National Weather Service forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms overnight, although Clear Sky Chart shows skies remaining clear through the evening. We’ll see what happens!

WHAT TO SEE

The Orion Nebula is a large cloud of gas in which new stars are forming. It is located approximately 1,300 light years from Earth.

The Eskimo Nebula is an area where a star like our Sun died and is located approximately 5,000 light years from Earth.

The Cigar Galaxy is an irregular galaxy which is rapidly forming new stars. It is located 12 million light years from Earth!

VIEWING NOTES

A live video image of the Sun will be available in the observatory from 5:00pm to approximately 6:30pm. Night sky objects will become visible at approximately 8:00pm. Guests visiting between 6:30pm and 8:00pm can see the observatory but should return later in the evening for telescope viewing.

There is an Iridium satellite flare at 8:32pm.

If tonight is cloudy, we will have hands-on activities in the observatory. Guests will experience observatory tours, play with Galileoscopes, and learn about solar eclipse viewing safety. So even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll still have a fun evening in store!