Astronomical Events and Information
General Observing Tips
If you are in here because you want to observe an event (Comet),
a general observing tip is to try to observe under
very dark skies (rural areas), as far away as possible from
pollution (cities and suburbs). This effort to avoid light
pollution will make the biggest improvement
in your observing experience.
Binoculars are generally the best aid to the naked eye for observing
a comet. (7x50's are ideal, higher power is to be avoided.) It is
even possible that at some time during a comets apparition even
binoculars will be too powerful...
A telescope is a big mistake, it will have much too narrow a field of view.
Please, you should not just go out to an unfamiliar rural "dark" area.
Go someplace you know is safe.
Think about some of the potential dangers of what you might
be doing. Some obvious potential hazards in remote dark areas are cars,
wild animals, insects, snakes and reptiles, intoxicated people carrying guns,
unfamiliar terrain, no help, etc.
Local (Miami) Observing Tips
In South Florida some very good
dark skies can be found in
The Everglades National Park.
(Don't forget mosquito repellent.)
The light pollution around the greater Miami area
is very bad.
Even down at Flamingo(in the Everglades), 38 miles from the park
entrance, the light pollution
from the greater Miami area can be seen as a glow on the northern horizon.
For people in the Miami area who, for whatever reason, cannot get to a
safe and dark observing site: check out the locations where the
Southern Cross Astronomical Society
(Phone:305-661-1375) is holding public observing sessions. Also the
Miami Museum of Science
and the Space Transit Planetarium (who's internet
presence is limited to
StarHustler at the moment) usually has set up an event
hotline (Phone: 305-854-2222) and features shows and
The Copernicus Observatory
For members of the University Community: (Students, faculty, employees,
and alumni.) The University of Miami Physics Department maintains an
Observatory for teaching purposes. The Copernicus Observatory is located
on the Coral Gables Campus, on the roof of the
Ungar Computing Center. (The building houses the Mathematics
and Computer Science departments, and is located just to the left
of the main entrance off of San Amaro Drive.)
The Observatory is accessible only through the stairwell from the 5th
floor to the roof of the building in the northwest corner. Please
exercise caution, do not walk on the gravel section of the roof, walk
only on the concrete paved path to the door of the Observatory. There is
no fence between the paved path to the observatory and the edge of the
roof located about 10 ft. away.
All children must be very strictly controlled.
Observing and Events Guides and Resources
What's that you said? You cannot find the time to go out and
observe now that you've gotten into the WWW? Have I got
some sites for you.
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