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Local resident Jeffrey Alexander, who organizes Astronomy Nights at Robbins Farm Park, scheduled four free public events through the end of September, although the first three -- May 20, June 24 and Aug. 5 -- all had to be canceled at the last minute due to weather concerns.

Plans for the sole remaining Saturday -- tonight -- remain as follows: "[Tonight] Sept. 30 (7 p.m.): "After being absent for the summer, Saturn will be in the sourthern sky at dusk. A nearly full moon rises not long after sunset, so those who show up should be able to see Saturn and its ring system through a telescope."

Astronomy nights are informal and fun for all ages, Alexander says.

At each event, visitors are advised to put on bug spray before arriving -- and to carry flashlights but to keep them trained on the ground.

Learn more at arlingtonastronomy.org.


This news announcement was published Monday, May 15, 2023, based on information from Jeffrey Alexander of ArlingtonAstronomy.org. Preparing it for publication was longtime YourArlington volunteer Kim Haase. Brynn O'Connor, yourArlington's assistant to the editor, updated the text on Aug. 2, 2023. It was again updated Aug. 5, 2023, to inform the public of the cancellation for the observation originally planned for that night after dark.