Night Vision: Observing the Sky as an Astronomer

Robert Bigelow

NightVision_220x214Many people may have a mistaken assumption that they need to own a telescope to get started in astronomy. In reality, there are many astronomical phenomena that are observable with just the eyes. These include; stars and constellations and how their appearance changes over one night and from one season to the next, the repeating pattern of the moon’s phases, the yearly change in the height and rise and set points of the Sun, and the motion of planets against the background stars. All of these astronomical phenomena can be easily experienced by making regular observations of the sky over time.

If you are interested in observing the sky and would like an introduction to this subject, join us for Night Vision on February 4 or February 13 at 6:45 p.m. During the show we will experience examples of what can be observed and also learn basic sky terminology.

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