A Waxing Moon & Jupiter
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As the moon moves from the new to full phase (gets bigger) it is called a waxing moon. A waning moon grows smaller. One way to determine if the moon is waxing or waning is to look to see what side of the moon is "incomplete". If the side facing an eastern direction is "incomplete" you can remember that the rising sun in the east "fills the day with light" just as it will "fill the moon with light" and make it full soon (waxing moon). This is the moon we will explore during our program. It will continue to grow until it becomes a full on Feb 15. When viewed through our telescopes, its mountains and seas become prominent. Even though the moon will be brightening the evening sky, Jupiter is still shining brightly with some of its moons visible through our scopes. The Hubble Telescope recently photographed a huge water geyser erupting out of Europa, one of its 67 moons.
Come join us as we explore our "local" neighborhood in space.
All Ages Welcome
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
This program is co-sponsored by New Pond Farm