End of Winter 2024


We hope everyone is having a great weekend here in Southwest Florida! It has been a challenging winter so far to say least. While we have had a couple of excellent tour nights, the El Nino oscillation continues to send us a high number of cloudy or rainy days. We are lucky this today as we do have a very clear evening predicted. If you are scheduled for a tour with us, please remember, if we must cancel or postpone due to the weather, you will always have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. Our long term outlook calls for the El Nino to subside by the end of spring, which should allow us many viewing opportunities before the summer rains begin.


As we approach the end if winter in the northern hemisphere, we have a last chance to see Jupiter and possibly Uranus before they set. This is our last few weeks to see Andromeda as well. Orion the Hunter is still very prominent in the sky. To the East, Leo the Lion is rising. Eclipse hype is steadily building for the total solar eclipse on April 8th in the continental USA and parts of Mexico and Canada. Here in Florida we will see a partial eclipse of about 50-60% coverage. Remember, this will be the last total eclipse seen in the continental US until 2044!


Stay safe everyone and happy viewing!

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Jason Grauberger

Originally from Colorado, Jason relocated to Florida over 10 years ago, and together with his wife, reside in sunny Southwest Florida. A lifelong astronomy devotee, he draws inspiration from his unwaivering enthusiasm for the stars and the boundless unknown of space. He takes a personal interest in teaching others about the wonders of the Night Sky and telling stories about humanity's quest for celestial knowledge. 

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