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Spring Star Party – RESCHEDULED
April 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS, THIS EVENT WAS RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY APRIL 6TH, 2018 FROM 6:00 TO 8:00 PM.
Join the Westminster Astronomical Society Inc. at Charlotte’s Quest as we kick off spring with a family friendly star-gazing get-together! Bring the kids, ages 5 and up, for a chance to view the moon and stars through our huge telescope. As we wait for the sun to set, we’ll discuss the planets and even investigate a scale model of our solar system.
According to our friends from Westminster Astronomical Society Inc., here’s what we can look forward to:
Leo is on the Hunt at Charlotte’s Quest! He is truly a big cat. It required Hercules to defeat him! There are several easy deep sky targets in Leo:
- Leo will be at about “mid-sky” East at dusk
- Several easy deep sky targets in Leo, including
- a triplet of galaxies; M65, M66, and NGC 3628, all in his right leg
- three more Messier galaxies; M95, M96, and M105, just ahead of his knee
- several other galaxies up in the sickle
We may get the chance to do a side trip to Jupiter!
- Jupiter is near to opposition (Meaning that it is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun and, thus, about as close to earth as it gets.) Come see the big red spot and the bands!
- Jupiter has lots of moons. We should be able to see the bigger four of them!