Frome the website: For the first time in history, a spacecraft from Earth is visiting Pluto. Whether it’s a planet or dwarf planet, at nearly 4 billion miles away, that little rock, smaller than our moon, has always fascinated. Join us for a close-up look at that far away world. Dave Faulkner, Solar System Ambassador with JPL/NASA, will provide a presentation on the New Horizons mission! Weather permitting, view the Sun, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and hopefully Pluto through the observatory telescope!
Coverage will begin early in the morning, as the New Horizons probe makes its closest pass to Pluto. At such a great distance, it will take over 4 HOURS for the signal from the probe to reach Earth. Later that night, as data is finally received, stop in to the open house at JMO to learn the latest as we unlock the mysteries of this distant outpost.
Weather is always an issue! If it is cloudy or raining, viewings may be canceled. Check the website before coming. Dress for the weather. The temperature of the dome is like that of the outdoors.