The last SUNY New Paltz Astronomy Night of the semester is this Thursday, December[masked].
Tickets for the planetarium shows are available tonight at our website: https://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/shows.html
Students from the class “Planetarium Operation” will continue to present the shows. Aidan Brophy will present the 6:30pm show and Janelle Granados will present at 7:30pm.
“This week the moon is close to its new phase. To astronomers, this means an opportunity to more easily study faint objects. I am going to be touring the northwestern sky taking advantage of the lack of moonlight to examine a few interesting faint objects in the night sky. While doing so, we are going to be learning about the constellations Draco, Ursa Major and Minor, Hercules, and a few others in the northern sky."
"What is the opposing element of water? Fire! In this show, we will heat things up by discussing three famous zodiac constellations associated with the element of fire: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. We can also explore the deep space objects within these constellations and many other deep sky objects in our night sky. Stay warm!"
The first planetarium show will start at 6:30PM in the John R. Kirk Planetarium located in the Coykendall Science Building. The second planetarium show will start at 7:30PM (please see the start time printed on your ticket). Latecomers cannot be seated due to the darkened environment inside the Planetarium, so please arrive on time. Tickets presented after the start time listed on them are void.
The Smolen Observatory will be open for viewing if the sky is clear from 7:30 – 9:30PM. As always you can call the observatory phone number at (845)[masked] to check the weather status.
For more information and directions see our websites at http://www.newpaltz.edu/observatory/ and http://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/