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Winter Stargazing

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Date: February 5, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Location New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Road, West Redding
Member Price: $6.00
Non-Member Price: $8.00
Summary:
Come see the winter constellations, the Orion Nebula, and Jupiter's moons during our February Astronomy Family Night at New Pond Farm Observatory
Detailed Description:

February continues winter's long dark nights making star gazing perfect.  The Moon will be just starting to grow from its new moon phase.  This makes viewing the constellations and planets especially good.  The winter constellation Orion is very visible as is the Orion nebula inside it, located approximately 1,350 light years away. Visible to the naked eye, the Orion nebula (photo) is an interstellar cloud of dust and ionized gases from which stars are born.  Also prominent in the early evening sky will be Jupiter and its moons with Uranus not too far away. 

If you wish to learn more about the constellation Orion, check out our January 6, 2011 Blog of "Orion's Other Myths and Legends".  Just click on Blog at the top of the page.

This program is co-sponsored by New Pond Farm, 101 Marchant Road, West Redding, CT.  While the observatory has a heated building, please dress warmly for the outdoors and bring a flashlight.  The walk from the parking area is dark.

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Program Cost:
Discovery Center Members - $6 per person with a maximum of $18 per family
Non-members - $8 per person with a maximum of $24 per family

Photo:  The Orion Nebula view from Hubble Telescope - NASA, ESA, M. Robberto and The Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team - 2006

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