THOSE interested in the wonders of the solar system and beyond are hoping the heavy rain clouds that are meant to arrive on Friday will clear just in time for a rare star-gazing event.
The Scenic Rim Astronomy Association is hosting a public observation night at the Ivor Marsden Memorial Park in Leichhardt from sunset until 9pm on Saturday.
An array of planets including Saturn and Mars, as well as star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, will be on show - provided those clouds are willing to part for just a few hours.
The association will provide a range of high-powered telescopes for members of the general public to use on the night.
The Leichhardt Scouts will sell tea and coffee and put on a sausage sizzle.
Only a gold coin donation is requested in return for a look at the stars.
The organisers have asked that star-gazers keep lighting to a minimum on the night.
Association member Mark Lohmann said the event would proceed in the event of broken cloud, but full cloud cover or rain would mean it would have to be cancelled.
"People can check our website at sraassoc.blogspot.com before coming out to check if the event has been cancelled," Mr Lohmann said.