Arlington Astronomy Nights '24
at Robbins Farm Park

Join us on the listed Saturday evenings for Astronomy Nights at Robbins Farm Park! Each night we'll have at least one telescope out to view objects in the night sky. Like last year, the best planets for viewing aren't up until close to the fall (the outer planets move slowly relative to our years, so they're still close to where they were last year) but we'll still have plenty to look at. Since last year every single Astronomy Night was rained out, this year I'll plan some repeats with themes, and hopefully we'll get at least some, if not all, of them in.

The events are totally informal and fun for all ages. Weather permitting, the dates are as follows:

Each Astronomy Night will generally start when the stars come out and usually lasts a couple hours.  To add the schedule to your own calendar, import the ICS file.  If it is overcast we'll have to cancel and hope for clear weather next time, but as long as there are some stars visible we'll give it a shot.  For reminders and weather decisions, consider joining my announcement mailing list.  Weather decisions for questionable nights will also be posted on this site. We set up the telescopes on the observation area of Robbins Farm Park that overlooks Boston.

Please note: it will be dark in the park!  Bring a flashlight, but please keep it aimed at the ground while you're in the park. Parents, please help your children remember this rule. It takes your eyes a while to adjust to the dark, and you'll see more in the sky once your night vision is working. Keeping your flashlight pointed at the ground helps everybody keep their eyes adjusted to the dark. Red light doesn't hurt night vision as much so a red flashlight or red cellophane over a flashlight helps a lot! Consider using bug spray too.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me at jeff [at] arlingtonastronomy [dot] org