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Planetarium Shows and Telescope Viewing at Western Connecticut State University, Starting March 23rd

Report by Paula Antolini, February 20, 2019, 1:39PM EDT

WCSU will host a 7 p.m. planetarium shows, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 8 to 10 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

The events are free and open to the public.

WHAT: WCSU Planetarium Show

WHEN: See dates below (during Jan. to May 2019)

WHERE: Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury

Star Watch for January through May, 2019

The WCSU Planetarium and Observatory facility is CLOSED for the winter season but will hold its first Public Night of the 2019 spring season on Sat., March 23. See the schedule below.

Public Nights may be cancelled due to icy road conditions or severe storm watches or warnings. For updates, check the NOAA weather web site (www.weather.gov) on the day of an event. An update may also be issued on the observatory number, (203) 837 – 8672  . Sky viewing cannot be held during cloudy or precipitating weather, but a planetarium show may still be held as long as conditions are not severe.

Planetarium shows are appropriate for adults and older children, but generally not for infants or toddlers.

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.

SPRING, 2019 PUBLIC NIGHT SCHEDULE

Date of Public NightPlanetarium Show TimeObserving (if clear)Objects visible
Sat., March 237 – 8 p.m. EDT8 – 10 p.m. EDTMars, Pleiades, Orion Nebula, waning gibbous Moon
Sat., April 137 – 8 p.m. EDT8 – 10 p.m. EDTCastor, Moon 1 day past 1st Quarter, Algieba
Sat., April 278 – 9 p.m. EDT9 – 11 p.m. EDTAlgieba, carbon star Y CVn, Mizar and Alcor, M44 star cluster
Sat., May 118 – 9 p.m. EDT9 – 11 p.m. EDT1st Quarter Moon, Mizar and Alcor, carbon star Y CVn, M13 star cluster, Epsilon Lyrae, Ring Nebula
Sat., May 188 – 9 p.m. EDT9 – 11 p.m. EDTMizar and Alcor, Full Moon, carbon star Y CVn, Epsilon Lyrae

For more information, call (203) 837-8672.

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