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Credit: Spectacular sunset at Chase Farm Park as Francine Jackson gives her presentation. Photo credit: Jim Hendrickson

Early weather forecasts were looking like a 50/50 clear condition in the early evening, which we thought would be enough for us to view the Moon and planets. Throughout the day, forecast conditions worsened, with clearing not expected until 11pm. Because of the forecast, Ron and Heidi decided not to come (they're less local than Francine and I are). We arrived at the park around 6pm under near full overcast with occasional slivers of thin enough cloud to see the Moon through, but it never cleared enough for telescope viewing. We were treated to spectacular sunset colors as Francine gave her "The Sky Tonight" presentation and planisphere demonstration before about 12 guests. Because of the weather conditions, and that some registered guests didn't show, we offered to give a repeat program on the rain date, Thursday, October 1 at 6:30pm, which will be under the full Harvest Moon.

Photo from Starry, Starry Nite: An Evening of Stargazing at Chase Farm Park
Credit: Speaker Francine Jackson presenting "The Sky Tonight", followed by a planisphere demonstration, before about 12 guests. Photo credit: Jim Hendrickson.

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