Westside Observatory Opens for Fall Sky Viewings

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Western Connecticut State University in Danbury will host a series of planetarium shows this fall, followed by telescope viewing of the sky, at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university’s Westside campus, located at 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury.

 

Planetarium shows run rain or shine unless weather is hazardous; telescope viewing will be offered if sky conditions permit. The events will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203)837-8671 or visit wcsu.edu/starwatch.

 

Fall semester events will include:

 

Sat, Sept. 21 Planetarium show at 7pm, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 8 to 10 p.m. Visible will be the moon just past full and summer sky objects.

 

Sat, Oct. 5 Planetarium show at 6:30pm, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Visible will be summer and early autumn sky objects.

 

Sat, Oct. 19 Planetarium show at 6pm, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 7 to 9pm. Visible will be the moon just past full and summer and early autumn sky objects.

 

Sat, Nov. 9 Planetarium show at 5pm, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 6 to 8pm. Visible will be Venus, the moon near first quarter and autumn sky objects.

 

Sat, Nov. 23 Planetarium show at 4:30pm, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Visible will be Venus and autumn sky objects.

 

Sat, Dec. 7 Planetarium show at 4:30pm, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Visible will be Jupiter, the moon just before first quarter and autumn sky objects.

 

Sat, Dec. 14 Planetarium show at 4:30pm, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Visible will be Jupiter, the moon waxing gibbous, and autumn and early winter sky objects.

 

Please note that the drive system of the 20-inch telescope will be under repair in September. A portable telescope will be available for clear sky observation during that time.

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