Come out to the Lucile Miller Observatory on Friday, August 17 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a beautiful night of stargazing. Though donations are appreciated, this is even free and open to the public, meaning you don’t need any reservations – all you have to do is show up to enjoy this free-of-charge event. If it rains, no worries! There are lots of indoor activities the whole family can enjoy, along with informal indoor presentations during every observatory event. Located at 515 North C Avenue in Maiden, NC, the Lucile Miller Observatory is conveniently situated for residents all around Hickory, NC.
About the Lucile Miller Observatory
This local astronomical observatory is located inside Maiden High School and is owned and operated by the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club. This observatory consists of a wheelchair-accessible classroom and observing pad that can hold up to 40 people. Of course, there are some large scopes at this observatory you can use, though you can also bring your own telescope, and the staff here will help you learn how to use it. That way, you can stargaze by yourself at home when the observatory isn’t open to the public. These guys can teach you all about stargazing and give you tips to truly take your hobby to the next level.
Find the Perfect Night to Stargaze in Maiden, NC
Some nights are going to be better to stargaze then others due to weather conditions, so it might be helpful to take a look at the Lucile Miller Observatory Clear Sky Chart to find the perfect night to enjoy the sky. This chart is basically an astronomer’s forecast that tells you when the sky is going to be cloudy and when it’s going to clear up to be just right for using your telescope. Just look at the chart, pay attention to the row labeled “sky conditions,” and the columns of blue blocks are going to tell you whether you should get out your scope or wait another night.
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Don’t Miss This Free Night of Stargazing
As we mentioned, this is a free event. However, the Lucile Miller Observatory doesn’t receive funding from the school system, so we do encourage you to make a donation you feel comfortable with, if possible. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to spend quality time together while learning more about our magnificent planet and experiencing all its beauty.