The winter night sky

Storrs - posted Feb, 22 2013

STORRS- The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, will hold an astronomy workshop on Friday, March 8, at 6 p.m. The workshop “Look Up! Viewing Winter’s Night Sky” will be presented by Dr. Cynthia Peterson from the University of Connecticut’s Physics Department. Start with a visit to UConn’s Planetarium during this exploration of the winter night sky! Learn how to identify the stars, planets, and other celestial objects observable throughout this season. During this program, Astronomy Professor Dr. Cynthia Peterson will offer a general orientation to the constellations, planets, and special celestial objects visible in the night sky using binoculars. The discussion will also include comets and the expected trajectory of the newfound Bright Comet PanSTARRS. While in the planetarium participants can also examine an orrery, a mechanical device illustrating the relative positions and motions of the planets in the solar system. Weather permitting, the session will conclude with a trip to the UConn Observatory on the roof of the physics building. Using binoculars and, if the conditions permit, the telescope, observers may see the Bright Comet PanSTARRS in the west, open clusters in the late winter Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the H Chi double star cluster, Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula (M42). Dress warmly for the outdoor session and please bring binoculars! The program fee is $20, $15 for Museum members, and is open to adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. For further information visit or call 860-486-4460.

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