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October Astronomy CANCELLED DUE TO CLOUDS

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Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location New Pond Farm Observatory, West Redding
Member Price: $4.00
Non-Member Price: $6.00
Summary:
The Orionids Meteor Shower reaches it peak, Uranus is in Opposition and we'll get our last look at Saturn for the season. Join us as we explore the October night sky.
Detailed Description:

On Oct. 19, Uranus will be at its closest approach to Earth and it's blue-green face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. At this time, It will be brightest than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.  The seventh planet and the third largest, it is an ice giant surrounded by 13 faint rings and 27 small moons.  It is unique in that it rotates at a nearly 90-degree angle from the plane of its orbit, thus spinning on its side.  It can only be seen through a telescope.  A small but amazing dot in the sky.  Easier to see will be Saturn, once thought to be the only ringed planet in the solar system.  Also, the Orionids Meteor Shower will reach its peak tonight.  Called Orionids because the shower originates in the constellation Orion but "shooting stars" can appear anywhere in the night sky.  (The shower is best seen after midnight.) Come join us as we scope out the night sky for the wonders that it holds. 

At 6:30PM, 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 begin on Astronomy Hill at 7:00PM.

All Ages Welcome - Registration Required!

What to bring:  Please dress for the weather.  Bring a flashlight, as the walk to/from the observatory is dark. If you have them, lawn chairs and binoculars are welcome. For those with smartphones, there is a possibility 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 5 PM for an update.

This program is co-sponsored by New Pond Farm

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