Litchfield: Star Party

Description: The Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club promotes the enjoyment of amateur astronomy through public star parties, education, and meetings. We host 10 public star parties each year at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. Most star parties begin with a talk on an interesting topic, followed by a discussion of what’s visible tonight. Then, if the weather is cooperative, we do some star and planet gazing. You are invited to bring your own telescope or binoculars. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Planets: Venus shines brightly low in the western sky this month, joined by Jupiter, rising a bit earlier each night. The best views of the giant planet are early in the morning, when it's well above the horizon. With binoculars you can just make out the four large moons discovered by Galileo in 1610. Mars, still a morning planet, brightens steadily throughout April, as Earth catches up to it. Saturn, also rising in the wee hours, is a pale yellow-tan dot. The rings are a spectacular sight in a telescope.

Evening constellations: The spring constellations like Leo, kite-shaped Bootes, and Virgo are rising. Gemini (the Twins), which was directly overhead last month, is farther west. Its two bright stars, Castor and Pollux, still appear well above the horizon, but Orion is low in the west.

Event is free, but donations are accepted.
Location: White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield
URL: http://www.ctvisit.com/events/may-18-star-party
Date: Friday, May 18, 2018
Time: 8:00pm-9:30pm EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Category: Science and Technology*
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:09am GMT