PEEC will have several telescopes set up for viewing, and the event is free and open to the public.
With any luck, Comet Pan-STARRS will be in the sky right after sundown. After the comet sets, Jupiter will come into view. Participants will also be able to see several galaxies, the Orion Nebula and open and globular clusters and, most probably, what is called zodiacal light.
Zodiacal light is sunlight scattered off interplanetary dust in the inner solar system, and is a real treat.
Before and during the viewing, astronomers from PEEC will be discussing the shape of our solar system and galaxy and pointing out how each object participants are seeing fits into the astronomical big picture.
Be sure to bundle up, as it will be cold, especially once the sun goes down. Don’t miss your chance to see and learn about some fascinating astronomical features.
For more information, contact PEEC at www.pajaritoEEC.org, 662-0460, or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.