Beginning at sunset (around 7:16 p.m.), St. Ambrose University opens its observatory to the public for a night of stargazing. Visitors may use the observatory's telescopes or bring their own. This event is free of charge.
For our last Star Party of the year, Jupiter and Saturn are still prominent in the sky, fairly high to the south. Mars rises a couple of hours after sunset. If you know where to look, Uranus rises at the same time as Mars, and Neptune rises at sunset. With no Moon this time, the skies will be easily dark enough to see these two planets in a telescope along with all your favorite deep-sky objects tonight.
For more information, contact Robert Mitchell at MitchellRobertC@sau.edu or 563-333-6141, or go to the Ambrose Astronomy Facebook page. On the day of the event, the same number may be called for a recorded message that will either confirm the event or report a cancellation.