Finally a decent night for observing on PEI, but wait, we have a 96% full waxing gibbous Moon in our sky tonight. That means everything else will be washed out, […]
There have been few evenings this year suitable for me to take my CPC 1100 XLT telescope out to Victoria Park for some Sidewalk Astronomy, but tonight looks like one of them.
Forecasts are for milder, but still cool temperatures, less than 25% cloud cover, low winds, and good seeing. That all adds up to getting some great views of the Moon, which is nearly full (99%); Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.
For the best opportunity to view planets Jupiter and Mars, come visit after 9:30PM; for Saturn, because it rises later, 10:30PM would be a good time.
Unfortunately, there are no transits of the Great Red Spot or the Galilean moons of Jupiter during the time I will be observing.
If you would like to observe Mars with your own telescope or binoculars, I suggest you read Dr. Brian Ventrudo‘s excellent guide.
As always, observing is weather and whether dependent.