Early Spring Night Sky
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As we move along in our oribit around the Sun, Jupiter (photo) is now becoming the star of the night sky. During our program we will observe it along with its Galilean moons. These are its four largest moons of Jupiter's known 67 - Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. They were first seen by Galileo Galilei in January 1610, and recognized by him as satellites of Jupiter in March 1610. They are the first objects found to orbit another planet. Their names derive from the lovers of Zeus. Also, we will point out some of the rising Spring Constellations, nebulae, galaxies and star clusters along with our own satellite, The Moon.
At 7:15 PM, there will be an optional mini-lesson for participants, especially children, to better understand what they will be viewing. This will take place in the classroom and is included in the price of the program. Viewing will be held on Astronomy Hill at 7:45PM.
All Ages Welcome - Registration Required!
What to bring: Please dress warmly, and bring a flashlight, as the walk to the observatory is dark. If you have them, lawn chairs and binoculars are welcome too. The facility has a deck and a heated building near the telescopes. For those with smartphones, there is a possiblity that photos off the telescopes can be taken during the program
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 by the Learning Center and walk out to the hill. For Directions: Click Here
If it looks cloudy on the day of this program, check this web site after 4 PM for an update.
This program is co-sponsored by New Pond Farm