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Exploring the Universe from the Town Farm

We live in the golden age of astronomy, yet few of us know the stars the way Westport’s farmers and sailors knew them more than a century ago.
 
The night sky is constantly changing, depending on the time of year and the time of night. Join WLCT and amateur astronomer, Greg Stone, on four journeys across the night sky through the seasons of the year at the Westport Town Farm. Start to make the stars your own. Meet them, not through the giant lenses and cameras of space telescopes, but through the wonder you can experience in your own backyard on any clear night.
 
These are BYOB events–Bring Your Own Binoculars. Yes, ordinary binoculars are sufficient for stargazing. We will primarily be exploring the night sky with our naked eye, you can extend that exploration to some very special objects such as nebulae and clusters by using a pair of ordinary binoculars. Please plan to dress warmer than you think you have to, bring a red light to preserve your night vision, and leave your smartphones at home or in your pocket.
 
The Westport Town Farm is a 40-acre colonial-era farmstead owned by the Town of Westport and operated by the Trustees.

 

Stars of Winter

Wednesday, February 7th • 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Winter is a great time for families to start stargazing because it gets dark early enough for even the youngest of children to witness the stars. In our first session we’ll use our binoculars to explore the Great Orion Nebulae, the Pleiades, and the near–but old–star cluster known as the Hyades.

We’ll briefly convene at the farmhouse to meet the seven stars of the Winter Hexagon–yep, it takes seven to make up this Hexagon. Once you have found those with the naked eye, we’ll use them to discover some of the most awesome sights in the night sky using our binoculars.

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When: February 7th, 2018 7:00pm
Where: Westport Town Farm, 830 Drift Road