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Ancient Constellations & The Outer Planets

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Date: December 5, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Location New Pond Farm, West Redding, CT
Member Price: $4.00
Non-Member Price: $6.00
Summary:
The night sky has been a wonder for humans since ancient times. This program will look at ancient named constellations and star clusters along with the "newly" discovered outer planets. Join us in our exploration of the night sky.
Detailed Description:

In our search across the evening sky, we will be able to pick out Pegasus, Pisces, and Aquarius, as well as the seven sisters of the Pleiades and Taurus (the bull).  Most of the present day constellations carry their Greek or Roman names.  However, these same star groupings were adapted from the Babylonians, who may have based their traditions on the Sumerians 3,000 years earlier.  Even further back scientists speculate that The Pleiades and Hyades star cluster (horns of Taurus) were painted 17,000 years ago on the cave walls at Lascaux in southern France.   However it wasn't until 1781 and 1846 and that the outer planets of Uranus (pictured) and Neptune respectably were discovered.   This evening please join us as we gaze across a wide spectrum of human history played out in the sky above us. 

All Ages Welcome

What to bring:  Bring a flashlight as the walk to the observatory is dark. Lawn chairs, binoculars and smart phones are welcomed too. 

Program Fees:  Members to New Pond Farm 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

Note:  Weather conditions determines the status of this program which can be checked at 4pm on Dec 5th on this website.

This program is co-sponsored by New Pond Farm

Photo:  NASA

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