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Pontchartrain Astronomy Society & the JPL host: An Evening of Gazing at the Stars


A night of gazing at the stars will occur at approximately 6pm on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Wagner Library, 6646 Riverside Drive in Metairie. The event will occur outside in a clear area on the east side of the library – away from lights.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. There is plenty of parking available for patrons.

The Pontchartrain Astronomy Society is sponsoring the event. Members will bring telescopes to view the nighttime sky. About six telescopes will be present for viewers, though others may bring their own telescopes.

Targets (depending on sightlines): Jupiter will be at 38 degrees above the horizon towards the south-southwest with Saturn a little lower at 25 degrees and the moon lower still at 20 degrees. There will be a space station pass-over from the southwest towards the southeast at 6:40 p.m. and it will travel sight-wise between Jupiter and the moon so it should be easy to spot.

In case of bad weather, this event will be rescheduled to another time.