The New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Rd., West Redding, is hosting an astronomy program that is open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. (If it is cloudy, the program will be postponed to Sunday.) Participants will see the Moon and Jupiter and a number of its moons. A number of beautiful star clusters, gaseous nebulae, and galaxies will also be viewed. Winter constellations such as Orion, Taurus the bull, the Gemini twins and the goat herder, Auriga, will be pointed out and discussed.
Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area by the Learning Center to the observatory, and perhaps binoculars. The program is $4 per person for New Pond Farm 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 by calling the farm at 203-938-2117. If it looks as if the skies might be cloudy, call the farm after 5 p.m. on Saturday for program status.