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Read an interview with Ladd Observatory Curator Michael Umbricht at the Winter Moon blog.

We will be open tonight from 7-9 pm. Please note our new hours due to the time of sunset.

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We will be closed tonight due to the weather. Our new hours for summer are 9:00 - 10:30 pm on Tuesday evenings, weather permitting.

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We will be open from 8-10 pm tonight for telescope observing and a spectroscope demonstration.

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Just before sunrise this morning our automated all sky camera captured the aurora borealis over Providence, Rhode Island. Also visible is the International Space Station and the planets Mars and Saturn.

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There are sometimes news reports of a “close approach” where an asteroids passes particularly near the Earth. An asteroid called 2013 TX68 will pass the Earth on March 8, 2016. It is estimated to be 100 feet in diameter.

Objects passing near the Earth happen more frequently than one might expect. A number of these approaches will happen this month.

Learn about Near-Earth Object close approaches.

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"The timepiece that we use, the Earth, is not as accurate as we need it to be in modern society"
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