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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., April 18

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

SUNSET

7:58 p.m.

WEATHER

Current National Weather Service forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

WHAT TO SEE

Eskimo Nebula, Cigar Galaxy, Jupiter

VIEWING NOTES

In the event of cloudy weather, observatory educators will lead hands-on astronomy activities and observatory tours.

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!

Jupiter will be visible in a portable telescope on the observatory terrace starting at approximately 8:20pm. The Moon will also be visible in a portable telescope starting at approximately 9:00pm.