STARGAZING EVENT CANCELED
Please note that the forecast for cloudy skies tomorrow night will cancel our planned Summer Stargazing event on Wild Apple. However, we are planning a stargazing event in mid-September at the observatory. Details on the September event will be posted on this blog when the date is finalized.
Summer Stargazing on Wild Apple Road, Pomfret, Vermont
August 15 if weather permits
8:30pm – 11pm
Come explore the night sky with us on a beautiful, tucked-away farm in Pomfret, Vermont. We’ll be joining the Jones Family at on Wild Apple Road where skies are dark and the stars shine bright.
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/Trifid 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 to let you know if weather will cancel. If it’s a go, please arrive by 8:30pm in order to avoid headlights in the viewing area. Directions to the site: From Stage Road in Pomfret, take Wild Apple Road for miles. At the top of a steep part, the road makes a sharp turn to the left. Go left. The next drive on the left is the Jones’s place: 2395 Wild Apple Rd. You’ll see a bunch of cars parked there.
Layered clothing and a sense of adventure are recommended! If you bring a flashlight, please keep it off near the viewing area – 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!
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