Planetarium is now OPEN Our planetarium is now open for public programs. Seating will be limited and face masks required. Reservations are necessary. Phone 547 0153 and request “planetarium reservations.” Call the planetarium “STAR line (547 STAR) for program titles and info.
November – The Winter Sky
December – The Christmas Star
Lunar Eclipse Visible in Tidewater 4 a.m. November 19th.
On the morning of June 10th, 2021 the sunrise did display a partially eclipsed Sun. The image of the Sun had a dark “bite” taken out by the edge of the Moon. This was the beginning of an annular eclipse. Unfortunately Tidewater residents only witnessed a few minutes of this eclipse. The complete annular event was only be visible in extreme northern latitudes above Alaska. (Remember to protect your eyes from sunlight… do not stare at the Sun! Use solar filters.)
Photo taken at sunrise the morning of June 10th approximately 5:51 a.m. EDT showing Moon partially eclipsing the Sun. Photo by Kent Blackwell member of the Back Bay Amateur astronomers. (BBAA) Several BBAA members arrived at the boardwalk in Virginia Beach to view the astronomical event.
Below are images of a partially eclipsed Sun and an annular eclipse.
Mars Lander successfully landed on Mars!
Your backyard Sky
New Comet was in the evening sky but has moved away from our view now. Check out the Event Page for more info.
(Comet is the small object in the middle lower section of this picture)
Check the Sky Calendar Page on this website for more info.
About Dr. Robert Hitt, Director