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December Night Sky - Ancient Constellations

Date: December 16, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location New Pond Farm, West Redding
Member Price: $4.00
Non-Member Price: $6.00
Summary:
The early winter constellations have been admired for eons. They confirmed the changing of the seasons and provided important information for most ancient cultures. Join us as we explore the heavens and their stories.
Detailed Description:

Orion and his hunting dogs, Canis Major and Minor, the Gemini Twins, Taurus the Bull, Auriga  the Charioteer, and the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades have been marveled at for centuries.  15,000 years ago, drawings (pictured above) was made on a cave wall in Lascaux, France..  Some think, this is an ancient sky chart.  The bulls displayed knowledge of the stars and their positions in the heavens.  The lead bull contains Orion's belt.  The second one's eye was Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus which is an ancient constellation that has been depicted as a bull for enos.  Just behind its shoulders, the Pleiades appeared.   The name seven sisters, refering to Pleiades's star cluster, appears in some form in native languages from Australia to North America and into Siberia.  Join us as we point out these constellations plus look at other celestial wonders like nebulae, clusters and the small, blue-green marble called Uranus. 

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.  (There is a warming hut near the telescopes and a wooden platform to stand on.)

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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