Star Watch is back at WestConn!
Star Watch for September through December, 2019
The WCSU Planetarium and Observatory facility is OPEN for Public Nights on Saturday evenings during the Fall semester; dates and times are listed in the Nightly Sky Calendar (below).
The Observatory and Planetarium facility lies atop the hill between the Westside Campus Center and the Pinney Hall dormitory; the entrance road faces the front of Pinney Hall. The road’s entrance apron is steep; come into it from an angle to avoid bottoming out. Parking is available but very limited around the facility; more may be found on University Boulevard.
Public Night events may be cancelled due to severe weather; call (203) 837 – 8672 during the afternoon of a scheduled night for an update. Sky viewing cannot be held in cloudy or precipitating conditions, but planetarium shows are usually still held.
Planetarium shows are appropriate for adults and older children, but generally not for infants or toddlers. Seating for planetarium shows is first come first served, up to a maximum seating of 40.
NIGHTLY SKY CALENDAR
*, !, !! – interesting to very interesting celestial event
E – calendar or geometry- related event (such as an equinox)
|Thu||Oct. 3||*||The waxing crescent Moon passes near the planet Jupiter|
|Sat||5||*||The First Quarter Moon passes near the planet Saturn|
|Sat||5||!||A free Public Night will be held at the WCSU Observatory. It will start with a planetarium show from 6 to 7 p.m., followed (weather permitting) from 7 to 9 p.m. by viewing of objects in the night sky with our 20-inch telescope.|
|Thu||10||The Moon reaches apogee at 405,899 kilometers (252,214 miles) from Earth’s center|
|Sun||13||FULL Hunter’s MOON|
|Sat||19||!||A free Public Night will be held at the WCSU Observatory. It will start with a planetarium show from 6 to 7 p.m., followed (weather permitting) from 7 to 9 p.m. by viewing of objects in the night sky with our 20-inch telescope.|
|Sun||20||!||The planet Mercury reaches a greatest elongation, 25 degrees east of the Sun. Look west after sunset to see it. Mercury will be visible around a week either side of the greatest elongation, closing rapidly with the Sun afterward.|
|Mon||21||Last Quarter Moon|
|Sat||26||The Moon reaches perigee at 361,311 kilometers (224,508 miles) from Earth’s center|