Astronomical Observing at Fishcreek
Friday 9/16/2016
this page last updated: Friday 9/16/2016 at 6:30 PM

This is where our observing events take place if weather, and other, conditions allow:

Fishcreek Elementary School
(large open field behind the back parking lot)
5080 Fishcreek Rd
Stow, Ohio  4422
Click here for map and directions 

Status updated on Friday 9/16/2016 at 6:30 PM:



All local weather forecasts indicate heavy cloud cover followed
by storms arriving by nightfall. As much as it grieves me
to report this, tonight's observing event has been

due to current and predicted conditions.

We'll try again on Friday 9/30/2016

Tonight we have a Harvest Moon: the full moon nearest to the Autumnal Equinox occurring on Thursday September 22, and it's going to be a large one, too: 32.6 arcminutes in apparent diameter. In other words, a huge bright beacon in the sky all night long. Great for harvesters and moon-lovers, but not so great for astronomy enthusiasts who prefer to view those dim deep-sky objects. Saturn will be viewable, but low on the western horizon making viewing difficult. Double stars will be possible as well. In other words, we'll be viewing the Moon tonight and not a whole lot else. Anyone interested in bringing some Moon Pies?

New feature: The "T" on each object's line in the chart above indicates the time of transit in addition to the rise and set times for the object.

Sunset:     7:35 pm (EDT)
Civil Twilight:     8:00 pm (EDT)
Nautical Twilight:     8:32 pm (EDT)
Astronomical Twilight:     9:06 pm (EDT)
Moonrise:     7:37 pm (EDT) - Sep 16
Moon transit:     1:45 am (EDT) - Sep 17
Moonset:     8:00 am (EDT) - Sep 17
Moon phase:   99.9%
Full Moon at 3:05 pm today

Visible satellite passes from the Fishcreek Observing Site tonight:


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Iridium Flares:

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Live AccuWeather Satellite Mosaic

Jet Stream (updates automatically to latest available image)
    The Jet Stream affects astronomical "seeing" (steadiness of the air)
    If we're in a gray area, seeing will not be as good as in a white area.
    If we're in a white area, the shorter the arrows, the better.


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