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April Astronomy - The Moon, Its Seas & Mars

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Date: April 13, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Location New Pond Farm, West Redding
Member Price: $4.00
Non-Member Price: $6.00
Summary:
This month we will view the landing area of Apollo 11, have a look at Mars, and explore some deep space objects. We'll also try to view the asteroid Pallas.
Detailed Description:

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landing module "Eagle" landed at Tranquility Base in Mare Tranquillitatis.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent 2 hours and 15 minutes walking on the lunar surface, performing tasks, and collecting 47.5 lbs of lunar rocks.  In total, they spent 21.5 hours on the Moon before returning to Columbia, the Command Module, and their fellow astronaut Michael Collins.  Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility) is a large, dark, basaltic plain formed by ancient volcanic eruptions.  It was selected for a landing site from information obtained by the Lunar Orbital Program which included 5 unmanned lunar probes, and the Surveyor Program, which sent 7 robotic spacecraft to the Moon's surface.  The site was chosen because it was close to the lunar equator, thus minimizing the landing module's required propellant.  It appeared clear of obstacles which would minimize maneuvering. And, it was flat which simplify the task of landing radar.  It was not selected for its scientific quality. 

On April 13, the Moon's location in the night sky can be used to find the constellation Cancer.  This very faint constellation has two stars with known planets and the deep space object the Beehive Cluster (M44).  Containing 50 stars, it is located 590 light-years from Earth. And, it is one of the nearest open clusters to our Solar System. Mars, the Red Planet, will also be visible, and we will try to view the asteroid Pallas.  Come join us as we explore the evening night sky and its wonders.     

All Ages Welcome - Registration Required  - button is 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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