This past Friday my family and a friend visited the Gilliland Observatory at the Boston Science Museum. It was something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time. The telescope is only available to the public on clear Friday nights from 8:30 to 10 pm. So in Boston, it’s a big hit or miss because out here the weather can change in an instant. I had never been to an observatory to use a professional telescope before, so I was really excited. The MOS astronomer that was working the telescope had so much information about the inner workings that it was really very hard for me to leave. With the telescope we were able to view Saturn and a moon, …felt like I could touch it.
TIP: Make sure you get to the observatory on time or maybe a little early or else you might have to wait in line for an hour like we did. But it was SOOOOOOO worth the wait! It receives 4 thumbs up!!!!
While we waited we were able to view Cambridge at night. The sun setting over Boston is beautiful! I just wish I had a phone that could capture the beauty.
TIP: We also had some fun with a phone app called “star tracker lite”. The app allows you to view each constellation and planet as you point to it in each direction….even if you point your phone at your toes.
TIP: On cloudy nights, you can tour the inside of the Observatory and participate in astronomy related activities.
For more information you can go to: http://mos.org/public-events/astronomy-after-hours
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