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Winter Constellations & Orion Nebulae

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Date: January 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Location New Pond Farm, West Redding
Member Price: $4.00
Non-Member Price: $6.00
Summary:
The winter constellations are at their height. Join us as we hunt the sky for Orion and his dogs, twins, a bull and charioteer. The moon's mountains and seas will also be featured this month.
Detailed Description:

The winter sky has long been dominated by constellation Orion, the great hunter in Homer's Odyssey.  However, around the northern hemisphere, Orion holds many different titles. The Chippewa  call it Kabibona'kan, the Winter Maker, as its presence heralds winter.  His belt of three stars carries different meanings.  In Scandinavian, it is the Goddess Frigg or Freyja's Distaff.  The Spanish call it "The Three Marys" as its appearance denotes the Christmas season.  While to the Lakota, refer to it as Tayamnicankhu, the spine of a bison.  Just south of the belt is the Orion Nebula. This massive star maker is about 1,344 light years away.  Along with Orion and his two elusive dogs, we will be pointing out Gemini, Taurus the Bull and Auriga the Charioteer.  Through our telescopes, the mountains and seas of the 4-day old moon can be easily seen.  Join us to view these and other celestial wonders like nebulae, clusters and, if we are lucky, the small, blue-green marble called Uranus.

At 6:00PM, 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 6:30PM.

All Ages Welcome - Registration Required  - is button below!

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 4 PM for an update.

This program is co-sponsored by New Pond Farm

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