PARI’s January Sky Trek public observing events proved to be so popular they are being reprised in February. Join PARI astronomers and use PARI telescopes to scan the night sky for planets, nebulae, colored stars and other objects in our fascinating solar system. The events are scheduled Feb. 3, Feb. 4, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the PARI campus.
“The winter night skies continue to offer splendid observing opportunities” said Wayne “Skip” Bird, PARI Astronomy Educator, “so join us as we watch Venus and Mars battling for attention, with Uranus refereeing. Orion has awakened from his sleep and is starting to show off. Marvel at the views through our 25″ Dobsonian telescope and see what a DARK sky actually looks like. Take a Sky Trek with us as we explore each of the visible planets. Visit a few of the Wonders of our Milky Way before we journey to one of our neighboring galaxies and then return in time for a hot cup of cocoa. This event is designed for all ages, so bundle up and bring the entire family.”
The first Sky Trek sessions, Feb. 3 and 4, will feature observations of Venus, Neptune, Uranus, the Orion Nebula and colored stars M31 and M33. Later in the month, Feb. 17 and 18, Mars will be added to the mix as it journeys across the western sky to form a group conjunction with Uranus and Venus. Other targets of opportunities will be explored, depending on conditions.
Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. the day of the event. The cost is $15 per person. Children ages 6-11 are $5 and ages 5 and under are admitted free. Register and pay online at www.pari.edu or call (828) 862-5554. If inclement weather prevents the outdoor observations, this program will be cancelled and registrants will be notified by 4 p.m. the day of the event. PARI will apply any payment toward a later January observing session, a different evening special program, or provide a refund upon request.
For additional information contact Sarah Chappell at firstname.lastname@example.org.