What we're about

We’re a non-profit 501c3 organization comprised of dedicated volunteers that are dedicated to bringing the wonders of the night sky to the public. Join us every Wednesday night from 8-10pm (weather permitting and when the skies are clear) for our public nights and enjoy the views of planets, nebulae, and other deep sky objects through our telescopes.

The Dome Observatory covers a 16″ Meade LX200 with an Explore Scientific 102mm f/7 Essential Apochromatic ED Triplet Refractor piggybacked on top. The lawn regularly hosts the HUGE 25″ Obsession telescope, the largest in Connecticut available to the public. You can also occasionally find us doing sidewalk astronomy in the community with various 8-10″ Dobsonian telescopes and we really love viewing the sun with the Lunt LS100Tha double stacked solar telescope.

In addition, please join us for our free monthly lectures, featuring the best speakers from around the world in diverse fields such as astronomy, cosmology, and physics.

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Public Night at the Westport Astronomical Society

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Come and join us every Wednesday night from 8-10pm (weather permitting & when the skies are clear - remember, near the summer solstice it doesn’t get dark until late, so please plan to come after sunset.)

MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN THE TOWER but not required on the lawn. Proof of FULL vaccination status is required for all meetings inside the WAS classroom.

Enjoy the views of planets, nebulae, and other deep sky objects through our telescopes with the help of our members and volunteers. The Tower Observatory Dome covers a 14″ Celestron EdgeHD and the lawn regularly hosts the HUGE 25″ Obsession telescope, the largest in Connecticut available to the public.

Check here to see if we can open:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/westportskyguys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAS.CT/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westport_observatory/
WAS Website: https://www.was-ct.org/

Public Night at the Westport Astronomical Society

Needs a location

Come and join us every Wednesday night from 8-10pm (weather permitting & when the skies are clear - remember, near the summer solstice it doesn’t get dark until late, so please plan to come after sunset.)

MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN THE TOWER but not required on the lawn. Proof of FULL vaccination status is required for all meetings inside the WAS classroom.

Enjoy the views of planets, nebulae, and other deep sky objects through our telescopes with the help of our members and volunteers. The Tower Observatory Dome covers a 14″ Celestron EdgeHD and the lawn regularly hosts the HUGE 25″ Obsession telescope, the largest in Connecticut available to the public.

Check here to see if we can open:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/westportskyguys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAS.CT/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westport_observatory/
WAS Website: https://www.was-ct.org/

Dr. Jani Radebaugh, BYU – The Dragonfly Mission to Titan

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Dr. Jani Radebaugh, BYU – The Dragonfly Mission to Titan

This lecture will be hosted as a Webinar on Zoom as well as a live stream on our YouTube channel. We encourage you to participate, ask questions and be a part of the live meeting. We will quite likely have the WAS classroom open for this talk.

Jani Radebaugh is an American planetary scientist and professor of geology at Brigham Young University who specializes in field studies of planets. Radebaugh’s research focuses on Saturn’s moon Titan, Jupiter’s moon Io, our own Moon, Mars and Pluto. Radebaugh is a Science Team member of the Dragonfly (spacecraft) mission to Titan, the IVO Io mission proposal, and the Mars Median project. She was an Associate Team Member of the Cassini-Huygens RADAR instrument from[masked], and was a graduate student scientist for Io for the Galileo mission. In December 2012, Radebaugh and her colleagues on the Cassini mission announced the discovery of Vid Flumina, a liquid methane river on Saturn’s moon Titan over 320 km (200 mi) long and resembling the Nile river.

Radebaugh received a BS from Brigham Young University in Physics and Astronomy and a PhD from the University of Arizona in Planetary Science. She has been a professor of Geological Sciences at Brigham Young University since 2006 (full professor since 2019). She has conducted field research in terrestrial locations as Earth analogues for geological features on other worlds within the solar system, including the Saharan, Arabian and Namib deserts to study giant sand dunes similar to those on Saturn’s moon Titan, lava lakes in the Ethiopian Afar valley, Vanuatu, and Kilauea as analogues for the active lava lakes of Jupiter’s moon Io. She traveled to Iran’s Lut Desert to study wind-carved ridges, termed yardangs, which are found on Mars, Venus and Titan and has spent four seasons in Antarctica with the U.S. Antarctic Search for Meteorites, where she helped recover meteorite samples from around the solar system including the Moon and Mars.

She has analyzed data from the Cassini RADAR instrument and contributed to the formulation of the Dragonfly rotorcraft lander mission proposal. She was also involved in the Galileo Mission, the Io Volcanoes Observer mission proposal, and the Median project for Mars.

Radebaugh has appeared as an expert contributor on several television programs including the Science/Discovery series How the Universe Works, as well as others on BBC and NOVA. Radebaugh has appeared on the Science Channel’s, The Planets and Beyond.

Public Night at the Westport Astronomical Society

Needs a location

Come and join us every Wednesday night from 8-10pm (weather permitting & when the skies are clear - remember, near the summer solstice it doesn’t get dark until late, so please plan to come after sunset.)

MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN THE TOWER but not required on the lawn. Proof of FULL vaccination status is required for all meetings inside the WAS classroom.

Enjoy the views of planets, nebulae, and other deep sky objects through our telescopes with the help of our members and volunteers. The Tower Observatory Dome covers a 14″ Celestron EdgeHD and the lawn regularly hosts the HUGE 25″ Obsession telescope, the largest in Connecticut available to the public.

Check here to see if we can open:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/westportskyguys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAS.CT/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westport_observatory/
WAS Website: https://www.was-ct.org/

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Public Night at the Westport Astronomical Society

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