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February Astronomy - Nebulae, Winter Constellations & Asterisms

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Date: February 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location New Pond Farm Observatory, West Redding
Member Price: $4.00
Non-Member Price: $6.00
Summary:
This month's tour of the night sky will feature a Hunter and his dogs, and a nursery for stars. All are Welcomed
Detailed Description:

When a dying star explodes, its expelled gases and dust create new stars in what is called a nebula.  Nebulae are prime examples of the Law of Conservation of Mass, discovered by Antonine Lavoisier in 1785, that "matter cannot be created nor destroyed". The dust and gases in a nebula originally are very spread out, But, some of them are slowly pulled back together creating clumps.  Eventually, a clump may become so big that it collapses from its own gravity.  The collapse causes the material in its center to heat up, creating the core of a new star.  The constellation Orion has a nebula within its belt (photo).  Also, near it is the famous Horsehead Nebula.  

Constellations are groups of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form.  Astronomers divide the sky into 88 constellations with defined boundaries.  However, some highly recognizable patterns in the sky are just parts of a constellation.  These are called asterism.  During this evening's program, we will explore the differences.

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  - is button below!

What to bring:  Please dress warmly and bring a flashlight for 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 3PM for an update.

This program is co-sponsored by New Pond Farm

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