Sci-Tech is pleased to invite the community to this annual worldwide public event that encourages observation and understanding of our moon. Observers will be participating in all 50 states, as well as more than 100 other countries around the globe. Our local observation will be held at the Air Monitoring Site in the Perch River Wildlife Management Area, just north of Watertown.
This is a free, family friendly event, with telescopes set up to view the mountains and craters of the moon, as well as a chance to see the planet Saturn and its rings. We’ll also see the International Space Station fly over at 8:04 pm. We may also see a few early meteors from the annual Orionids Meteor Shower – the result of dust and debris left by Halley’s Comet.
Sci-Tech staff will be on hand to help participants explore the nighttime sky; view through a telescope; find constellations; and discover how to use the stars for navigation.
Please note that there are NO restrooms nor any other facilities near the observing site, and that no alcoholic beverages are permitted.
In case of overcast skies, the event will be canceled, and a recording to that fact will be placed on the Sci-Tech astronomy observing phone line at 788-2738.
Directions are easy:
-From exit 47 of Route 81, take Route 12 North. Go 6 1/2 miles north on Route 12, then turn right onto Vaadi Road. The Air Monitoring Site is 2/10 of a mile on the left.
-From Fort Drum take Route 342 west to the intersection with Route 12. Turn right onto Route 12. Vaadi Road is about 4.4 miles north of 342 on Route 12. Turn right on Vaadi Road, the Air Monitoring Site is 2/10 of a mile on the left.
Location: Watertown, NY - Air Monitoring Site in Perch River Wildlife Management Area
Contact: Steve Karon