New Pond Farm Observatory, 101 Marchant Rd., is hosting an astronomy program that will be open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at 7 p.m.
Participants will see the Moon and Mercury, as well as Jupiter and several of its moons. A number of 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 will also learn the names of the bright stars within these constellations.
Participants are advised to dress warmly and to bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, and perhaps a lawn chair and binoculars. There is a heated classroom building next to the telescopes.
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. Call the Farm at 203-938-2117 for reservations and call back after 5 p.m. if the weather looks cloudy, for program status.