Local Events at the University
- October 27, Wed: Kennon Observatory Open
House, 8-11 pm (weather permitting); Observation of the total lunar
eclipse and other interesting
objects in the fall sky; There will also be Physics demonstrations.
This event is open to the general public, and children are welcome.
- May 7, Fri: Kennon Observatory Open House, 8-11 pm
(weather permitting); Observation of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus,
and other interesting objects in the Spring sky. The event is
open to the general public; children are welcome.
- March 26, Fri: Kennon Observatory Open House, 7-10
pm; Observation of Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon, Mars, Venus, and
other interesting objects in the Spring sky.
- March 5, Fri: The planned Kennon Observatory Open
House was rained out.
Astronomy Events by Date
- December-January: Comet Machholz: The
comet is visible with the naked eye, in good viewing conditions (space,
- December 13–14: Meteor Shower: The
Geminids may be the best of the year (S&T,
- November 17: Meteor Shower: The Leonid meteor shower
- October 27: Total Lunar Eclipse: It will be visible
from most of North America (space,
- October 20–26: Meteor Shower: This should
be a good year to watch the Orionid meteors (S&T,
- September 29: Asteroid Fly-By: Asteroid
Toutatis will swing by, the largest asteroid ever known to pass near
- September 13-14: Meteor Shower: The September Taurids, a
recently discovered and not very well studied event (S&T)
- August 11-12: Meteor Shower: The Perseid shower could
be a good one this year (S&T,
- First half of 2004: Saturn is well placed for observation
- Late June: Meteor Shower: Will the June
Boötids return in 2004? (S&T)
- June 8: Venus Transit of the Sun: The first one since
Why James Cook cared so much about the one is 1768 (science@NASA);
Where you would have to be to see it (science@NASA)
- April-May: Comets: Three are potentially visible even
with the naked eye (S&T,
(see also the Sky & Telescope observing
page and the Spaceweather update)