Tonight the featured object at Cline Observatory will be the Eskimo Nebula. Cline Observatory is located on the Jamestown campus of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and is open to the public, free of charge, every clear Friday night.
Also known as NGC 2392, the Eskimo Nebula is a Planetary Nebula in the constellation Gemini. With an apparent magnitude of 10.1, this is a real challenge to see in smaller telescopes. When our Moon is also in the sky, the light makes this object difficult evening the 24 inch telescope at Cline Observatory.
Tonight, the Moon is almost new, rising and setting along with the Sun, so lunar interference will not be a factor. What will be a consideration is the weather. At this moment Friday morning, my sky about 5 miles from the Observatory is 100% overcast.
If the sky clears, the public session will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Please leave white-light flashlights at home, as they destroy night vision. You can check the Observatory’s Twitter account for weather updates and news about opening.