Telescopic observing draws young visitors

Telescopic observing draws young visitors

On June 11, 2015, the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory was open for evening stargazing. Many adults came to use the telescopes that night, and many young astronomy buffs came with them. For many, it was their first-ever view through a telescope at our observatory.

Under clear and beautiful summer skies, just after the Sun had set, Venus and Jupiter became clearly visible in the western sky, two bright dots hovering above the horizon's twilight glow. The young man at the telescope in this photo was looking at Jupiter, with its stripes of color and four visible moons. 

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  • Source: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Photographer: Eric Long
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