Progress South Elementary #2 - Oct 4, 2011

posted Oct 5, 2011, 4:59 AM by Jim Twellman

The weather continued to be in our favor this evening.  The haze noted this morning was not evident at sunset. Manning scopes again were Marv Stewart, John and Kate Sgouros, and myself. The first wave of kids came out just before 7:45.  They were shown views of the Moon, the Andromeda galaxy M31, the double star Mizar, the globular cluster M13, and the planetary nebula M57.  The last wave of kids got to see Jupiter and its' four moons as it climbed up over the tree line.  Jupiter managed to show a little detail, even so far down in the atmosphere. 

The kids were great and the teachers and counselors were on top of things. We finished the last group right at 9PM.  We had about 80 students plus teachers and counselors for a total estimate of 100.  I hung around for a little to get a glimpse of comet Garradd in the moonlight before packing up.

Jim T