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Look Up! It’s the Winter Milky Way!

Friday, March 3, 2017
7:30pm – 8:30pm

Storrs Campus
Directions will be sent participants.

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn will hold an astronomy workshop on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 pm. The workshop “Look Up! Viewing The Winter Milky Way” will be presented by Dr. Cynthia Peterson from the University of Connecticut’s Physics Department.

Explore winter’s night sky during this visit to UConn’s historic planetarium. Learn how to identify the stars, planets, and other celestial objects observable throughout the season. 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.

She will also discuss the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, the first time in four decades that the moon's shadow will cross the lower 48 states! Weather and time permitting, the session will conclude at the Observatory to use binoculars and telescopes to observe a gorgeous quarter moon and possibly Venus and Mars. We will also look at celestial objects like globular clusters, open clusters, and any comets that happen to be wandering by.

The program fee is $20 ($15 for Museum members and donors) 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 http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860.486.4460.

Contact:

Natural History Museum

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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