Night Vision: Observing the Sky as an Astronomer

Robert Bigelow

Many 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 during the night or 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.

For an introduction to this subject, join us for Night Vision on Saturday, November 12 or Thursday, November 17 at 6:45 p.m. During this program you will experience examples of what can be observed and also learn basic sky terminology. Tickets available online​ or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. Free for members and $2 for everyone else.

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