Astronomy

January Astronomy

On Saturday, January 20th starting at 6:30 p.m. New Pond Farm (101 Marchant Rd., West Redding) will be hosting an astronomy program open to the public.

On “Astronomy Hill” we will use our telescopes to view craters and seas on the 4-day-old moon and view the Orion nebulae, star clusters, and the planet Uranus. Our astronomy volunteers will also point out and discuss the winter constellations of Orion, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini, Taurus, and Auriga. Attendees with a smart phone can try their hand at taking a photo of the moon.

There will be an optional preview in the Learning Center classroom at 6pm, this will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please dress for the outdoors, there is a warming building next to the telescopes, and please bring a flashlight for the walk to and from the observatory.

The program is $4 per New Pond Farm Member, with a maximum of $16 per Member family an $6 per non-member, with a maximum of $24 per family.

Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

If the skies appear cloudy, please check the website after 4 p.m. for program status.

December Astronomy

Join our team of astronomers as we gaze through the telescopes at the moon, Uranus, nebulae, and star clusters. Our astronomers will also point out and discuss various constellations including Orion, the Big and Little Dippers, Taurus, and more.

Note: Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom at 6. This mini-lesson will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, and binoculars, if you have them.

$4 per New Pond Farm member ($16 max. per member family)
$6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family)

Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

If the skies look cloudy, please call the office, (203) 938-2117, or check the homepage after 4pm for program status.

November Astronomy

On Saturday November 18 at 7 p.m. join our team of astronomers as we gaze through the telescopes at the moon and Saturn with its magnificent rings. Our astronomers will also point out and discuss various Fall constellations.

Note: Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom at 6:30. This mini-lesson will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory and binoculars, if you have them.

$4 per New Pond Farm member ($16 max. per member family)
$6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family)

Registration is required. Please register online or by calling (203) 938-2117.

August Astronomy

Join our team of astronomers as we gaze through the telescopes at the five-day old moon, Jupiter with its bright moons, and Saturn with its magnificent rings. Our astronomers will also point out and discuss various gaseous nebulae and star clusters in addition to many summer constellations including Cygnus the swan, Aquila the eagle, and Lyra the vulture carrying a lyre.

Please note, at 8pm families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom. This mini-lesson will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, and binoculars, if you have them.

This program is $4 per New Pond Farm member, with a maximum of $16 per member family, and $6 per non-member, with a maximum of $24 per family.

Registration is required for all programs. Please visit us online or call (203) 938-2117 to register.

If the skies look cloudy, please call the office, (203) 938-2117,
or check the homepage after 5pm for program status.

July Astronomy

On Saturday July 1 at 9pm, please join our team of astronomers as we gaze through the telescopes at the mountains, mare and craters of the crescent moon. We will also view Saturn and its magnificent rings and Jupiter with its moons and atmospheric bands. Our astronomers will also point out and discuss the Milky Way and summer constellations.

Please note, families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom at 8:30. This mini-lesson will give participants, especially children, a better understanding of what they will be viewing out on the hill.

Please bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, and binoculars, if you have them.

This program is $4 per New Pond Farm member, with a maximum of $16 per member family, and $6 per non-member, with a maximum of $24 per family.

Registration is required. Please visit us online or call (203) 938-2117 to register.

June Astronomy

Come join us for viewing planets, stars, and constellations and if we are lucky, view the ISS as it continues to orbit the Earth.

Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom at 8 p.m. This should help our audience, especially the children, better understand what they are to look for when they are out at Astronomy Hill. The mini lesson is included in the cost.

$4 per member ($16 max. per member family) and $6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family).

Registration is required, please visit us online or call (203) 938-2117 to register.

Celebrate International Astronomy Day

    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.

At 8 p.m. families are invited to a special preview in the classroom of the Learning Center. This should help our audience, especially the children, better understand what they are to look for when they are out at Astronomy Hill. The mini lesson is included in the cost.

Please bring a flashlight for the walk from the parking area to the observatory, and binoculars, if you have them.
$4 per New Pond Farm member ($16 max. per member family) and $6 per non-member ($24 max. per non-member family).

Registration is required, please visit us online or call (203) 938-2117 to register.

If the skies look cloudy, please call the office, (203) 938-2117, or check the homepage after 4pm for program status