Summer Stargazing with Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT) and Horizons Observatory
August 1 – 9, Date TBD by weather
8:30pm – 11pm
Join UVLT in partnership with the Horizons Observatory for a stargazing event! This event is hosted by Wild Apple Farm (a UVLT conserved property) and led by Horizons Observatory Co-Directors Rob Hanson and Scott Holson.
Come explore the night sky with us on this beautiful tucked-away farm! Wild Apple Farm is a 560 acre property located on Wild Apple Road in Pomfret, VT. It is a unique site for stargazing due to its largely unobstructed horizon and lack of light pollution – almost zero!
The highlights of the night sky we’re hoping to view will be: the Hercules star cluster, the Ring Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, and Alberio (a lovely blue and yellow binary star system), and the Lagoon/Trifed stellar nurseries. There is a possibility we may catch Saturn - the absolute jewel of the sky – before it sets below the horizon.
The timing of this event will be weather dependent; the skies have to be clear to star gaze! A notice via the Horizons Observatory blog will be sent out 48 hours before the event. Please arrive by 8:30pm in order to avoid headlights in the viewing area.
Sturdy footwear, layers, and a sense of adventure are recommended! If you bring a flashlight, please turn it off well below the hilltop – or use red light. One of the reasons we’re trekking so far into the country is to get away from white light – so we don’t want to bring it with us!
Please RSVP for detailed directions and site information. The journey to the observation point is not obvious and slightly adventurous so it is best if we know you are coming! Contact Anna Slack at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-643-6626 x102 to register.
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