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The Snow Moon's Night Sky - Astronomy Program

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Date: February 11, 2012
Rain Date: February 12, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Location New Pond Farm Observatory, West Redding, CT
Member Price: $4.00
Non-Member Price: $6.00
Summary:
Come join us to view the February night sky. We will train our telescopes on Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, and explore the winter constellations. All Ages Welcomed!
Detailed Description:

Once again you are invited to join us for a evening of stargazing.  Jupiter and Venus will continue to be the stand out planets.  But with the help of our telescopes, blue Uranus will be visible.  The winter constellations will still dominate the sky.  We will take a good look at Orion's dagger where the Orion nebula is visible.  It is one of the brightest nebulae, visible to the naked eye as a fuzzy cloud.  But as the above picture shows, it is really a kaleidoscope of color. There stars are being made 1,600 - 1,500 light years away - so when viewed, one is seeing the past. 

February's Full Moon was call by some Native Americans "The Full Snow Moon" because this was traditionally the month with the most snowfall.  Others called it "The Hunger Moon" because the deep snows made it difficult to hunt.  February's full moon will fall on Feb 9th.  During our program it will be a waning (reducing) Gibbous phase meaning 84% of it will be visible.  Moon rise is important to stargazers as the moon can outshine other objects in the sky.  Fortunately on our program's date, it won't rise until 10:11PM. 

More information about the night sky appears in our Blog - just click Blog at the top of this page.

This program is co-sponsored by New Pond Farm

What to bring:  The New Pond Farm observatory has a heated classroom building, but please dress warmly for the outdoors and bring a flashlight as the walk to the observatory is dark. If you have them, lawn chairs and binoculars are welcome too.

Program Fees:  Members to NPF and the Discovery Center:  $4 per person with a $16 maximum for a family
                              Non-Members:  $6 per person with $24 maximum for a family

Location:  New Pond Farm is located at 101 Marchant Road, West Redding, CT 06896.  Please park in the Main Parking lot at the farm.   For directions: Click Here

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