M42 - The Great Orion Nebula
Taken a close look at the Andromeda Galaxy lately, a spiral collection of 200 billion stars some 2.5 million light years from Earth? How about peering into the heart of the great Orion Nebula, a star nursery where suns are even now being “born” out of vast clouds of hydrogen gas? Perhaps you prefer staying closer to home in Earth’s own planetary neighborhood where gaseous Saturn sports its spectacular rings, giant Jupiter is encircled by the four “Galilean moons”, or the crisp detail of a shadowed crater lies on our own moon. Due to the ongoing generosity of local individuals and organizations who support the Horizons Observatory, these celestial wonders and a host of others may be viewed by visitors under the dark skies of central Vermont.
Horizons Observatory stargazing events are announced via our blog.
During these events, the observatory is open free of charge to the public.
Knowledgeable astronomy guides will be on hand to help visitors view and better understand planets, stars, constellations, nebula, star clusters, and galaxies. Large aperture telescopes and binoculars are available for visitor use.
Cloudy skies will cancel stargazing.
The Horizons Observatory is located on the grounds of The Pomfret School in Pomfret, Vermont.
at Prosper Valley School
South Pomfret, Vermont
72° 31' 44.7594" W Longitude
43° 39' 11.5194" N Latitude
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