Next event: September 9th 2016, from 8:00-10:00 pm

All are invited to the Reedy Creek Observatory for an evening of stargazing, constellation finding, telescope viewing of deep sky objects, and refreshments. The evening will get underway around 8:00 pm. This time is subject to change as we get closer to the event. Please check back again closer to the event to ensure what time we'll be there.

The moon will be very close to the new phase so we're not expecting to have much of a chance to look at that; however we will have Mars, the red planet, and Saturn (with visible rings!). If we get lucky we might also be able to view Jupiter and/or Venus early in the event though they will be setting before it gets too late. Throughout the night we'll be able to see various star clusters, binary star systems and maybe even a few deeper sky objects! Constellations and features of the night sky will also be pointed out. We encourage school-aged children and families to attend. Astronomy experts from the physics department will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the night sky, stars, planets, galaxies, or anything else you can think of that is astronomy related! Volunteers for the event will be wearing lighted glow-sticks around their necks, so look for one of these people.

Inside the classroom building, we will have physics and astronomy demonstrations, as well as refreshments and chairs for a break from the viewing. Stop by inside when you arrive to have a cookie or watch a demonstration about starlight or cosmic rays.

It is not necessary to be "on time" for this event, as there is no scheduled presentation. Viewing will last until at least 9:00 pm, and perhaps later depending on the traffic of visitors. You may arrive and leave any time between 7:00 and 9:00, whenever your schedule permits.

You do NOT need to RSVP to attend this event. If you would like to get on the mailing list to be notified about future events you may do so by contacting Sam Flynn, via .

Please do NOT bring pets to the event. You may bring a flashlight to help you see as you walk from the parking area to the lab site, but flashlights will not be permitted in or near the viewing area. Your eyes will quickly adjust to the dark, and you'll be amazed what you can see, even when it is "dark" out.

Our lab site is equipped with approximately a dozen 8-inch telescopes, as well as a dozen or so pairs of binoculars.

MAPS to the facilities can be found here.