A group of students led by Craig Peck, director of The Major, seized the opportunity to view the moon and the Orion nebula during a trip to the Staring Lake Observatory in Eden Prairie on Friday, March 31.
The viewing was part of the Star Watch Astronomy series, where attendees had the opportunity to learn about and view planets through the Observatory’s nine-foot tall, 16-inch Cassegrain telescope, one of the largest in the state of Minnesota. Astronomers Paul Fusco and Ron Schmidt were on hand to explain what attendees saw in the sky, and students were able to snap a lunar photo during the experience.
Students had planned to view the planet Mercury during the visit as well, but cloud cover prevented them from catching a glimpse. Due to its proximity to the sun Mercury can be particularly difficult to spot, appearing most clearly during a short window after sunset in late March/early April, and for a short time before sunrise later in September 2017.
A special thanks to Harry Wang ’17 for providing spectacular photography from the evening.