It finally happened! I got to look through the telescopes at the Ladd Observatory! Unfortunately I wasn't able to take any pictures, but honestly I don't think my phone could have captured the experience anyway.
It was a little chilly out tonight, but the sky was relatively clear with a slight haze. There were a total of three telescopes available to look through tonight, one of which was the Ladd's historic 12 inch refractive telescope. Jupiter, along with its four Galilean moons, were out tonight, and it was my first time seeing all of them. Although I could only make it out to be a white blob with two pinkish bands inside, Jupiter was truly a sight to behold. I was also able to see some double star systems (Izar and Alpha Librae), as well as the Coma Star Cluster.
There were so many other people at the observatory tonight; all of them wanting to get a closer look at the stars in our universe. I don't know why I was so surprised that other people would also be interested in stargazing. It was really nice to see this little community of people gathered together.
Gazing up at the stars and the planets tonight, I felt so much closer to the universe.
10/10 would recommend going to an observatory to look at planets and stars. Go go go!