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April Astronomy - Astronomy Day 2018

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Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Location New Pond Farm Observatory, West Redding
Member Price: $4.00
Non-Member Price: $6.00
Summary:
What better way to celebrate Astronomy Day then to gaze at the very spot that man first walked on the Moon, The Sea of Tranquility. The program will also include Venus and the Winter Constellations. All ages Welcome!
Detailed Description:

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong and Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle in the Sea of Tranquility.  As Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, he spoke the famous line "That's one small step for a man, and one giant leap for mankind."  Buzz Aldrin joined him 20 minutes later.  During their 2hrs 15mins outside of Eagle, they collected 47.5lbs of lunar material.  During our program, the moon will be in its 1st Quarter, making it easy to view its craters, mountains and mares (large, dark, basaltic plains).  The Sea of Tranquility will be one of the mares easily visible.  Beside lunar exploration, Venus, our sister planet, will be viewed, along with the Winter Constellations.  Come join us as explore the site of man's lunar exploration and the Heavens around it.

Fun Fact:  The Apollo 11 Command module, Columbia, was piloted by Michael Collins.  He was the 3rd man on the mission.  When he was rocketing across the dark side of the Moon, he was totally alone in the Universe.  There was no available communication with Earth.  Armstrong and Aldrin spent a little less than a day on the lunar surface before rejoining Collins in the Columbia, for the return back to Mother Earth.  

At 7:30PM, 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 8:15PM.

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

Photo:  Credit NASA, Adrin looking back at Eagle

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