Are you seeing stars? If not, the Atlanta area has some great places to see them! Downtown we have movie stars prowling around because of the active movie business here, but that will be for another post. Today I am talking about celestial issues, real stars! And planets and moons...
I drove down last night to Georgia Tech and visited their 16 inch telescope located on top of the Physics building. About once a month, weather permitting, they have an open viewing session for the public from 8 pm to 11pm. I went with my two daughters, one of their boyfriends, and my wife. For such a nerdy thing to do, we had a great time! We are a bit of a nerdy family.
We were able to see craters on the moon and Jupiter along with 4 of its moons. There were quite a few people there for this event. I was very surprised that there would be that many people interested. We left Georgia Tech and drove about 5 miles over to the Fernbank Natural Science museum. There we went up to their open house for the telescope they run. This monster was a 36 inch scope! It is the largest in the Southeast! There we took another look at Jupiter and the 4 moons. They were so sharp you could see the gas bands on Jupiter!
If you have never done this type adventure before I highly recommend it. You do not have to be an Astronomer to enjoy these trips. All you have to do is look through an eye piece and marvel at the beauty of the natural world above. Check the websites for Georgia Tech and Fernbank before you go to see when the public viewing times are. Then go enjoy your inner nerd!