Welcome to SkyTours with Derrick! If you've ever found yourself under the night sky wondering what that thing is, well, you've come to the right place to find out. I'll provide regular postings of just what's available for you to see at this time of this year, including planets, stars, constellations and my favorite - satellites! I'll also welcome your suggestions for what to add to the blog for your information and answer your questions.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Astro Event This Saturday Night - Sept. 18th!

Guerrilla Astronomy! Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., I'll be posted at the NE corner of 2nd and Chestnut Sts. in downtown Philadelphia with a really good telescope inviting folks to have a look at Jupiter and the moon! The weather forecast looks great for the evening and I'm betting that most people have never seen Jupiter through a telescope. Have you? Also most people don't realize that Jupiter is so easy to see in the night sky. So I'm going to do what I can to change that.

Why 2nd and Chestnut? 
Because that's where Eulogy is of course! No... just kidding (although that IS a definite advantage......). I chose that location because....No. 1 - the NE corner has a good shot at the parts of the sky where Jupiter and the moon are visible and...No. 2  - there should be a lot of foot-traffic in that location considering that there are quite a few popular restaurants and bars there.

Why this Saturday?
It's International Observe the Moon Night and Jupiter looks great in a telescope.

Coming to Center City this Saturday night? Stop by and check me out!!
Jupiter with Red Spot - Hubble Space Telescope