Celebrate International Astronomy Day at New Pond Farm on April 22

Celebrate International Astronomy Day - View Jupiter and the crescent moon at New Pond Farm on April 29

The Discovery Center at Ridgefield, in conjunction with the New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding, is hosting an astronomy program that is open to the public on Saturday April 29th starting at 8:30 P.M. In celebration of International Astronomy Day participants will gaze through the telescopes at the mountains, mare and craters of the crescent moon and you will have an opportunity to take a photo if you have a smart phone. Astronomers will also share views of Jupiter which has entered the early evening sky with its moons and atmospheric bands. The winter and early spring constellations will be pointed out and discussed.  Prior to the program, there will be a review of sky objects to be viewed at 8:00 P.M. in the classroom building for those wishing to attend.

Bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, and binoculars, if you have them. The program is $4 per person for Discovery Center members, with a maximum of $16 per family. For nonmembers, the charge is $6 per person, with a maximum of $24 per family. Registration is required. Visit the Discovery Center website to register (http://www.ridgefielddiscovery.org/) or call 203-438-1063. If it looks as if the skies might be cloudy, check the website after 4:00 P.M. for program status.


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