Astronomy night set at the farm

New Pond Farm Education Center, in conjunction with the Discovery Center, is hosting an astronomy program at the New Pond Farm Observatory on Saturday, Nov. 17, (if it is cloudy, the program will be postponed to Sunday, Nov. 18). The event, which  is open to the public, starts at 7 p.m.

Participants will view Jupiter and its moons which are taking center stage in the early evening sky. Uranus and Neptune will also be sighted through the farm’s scopes. The Leonid meteors, “shooting stars”, the debris from Tempel-Tuttle’s tail, will be near their peak and therefore a few may be observed. The Andromeda galaxy, the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way, will be in a good position for observation. And the fall and early winter constellations will be pointed out.

While there is a heated building, participants should dress warmly and bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, and perhaps a lawn chair and binoculars. The fee 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.

Visit the New Pond Farm website to register at newpondfarm.org or call 203-938-2117. If it looks as if the skies might be cloudy, check the website after 5 p.m. for program status.

The farm is located at 101 Marchant Rd. in West Redding.

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