West Templeton Star Gazing

On the night of 28 November 2010, a star party was held at a residence in West Templeton. Astronomer Joseph Carro met with Mary Gardner and members of her family. There were five adults and six children at the house on Claassen Road. Upon his arrival, the skies were cloudy, so Joseph placed his telescope, a Celestron 11″ unit of Schmidt-Cassegrain design, inside the house, and explained the function of a telescope. A lively question and answer period followed, which lasted about 30 minutes. During that time, the clouds passed, and an excellent viewing opportunity appeared. The planet Jupiter and its moons were clearly visible, as was the double star, Eta Cas. Joseph pointed out some of the constellations, and answered questions about them. The viewing lasted about 40 minutes, and was followed by large cups of hot cider! A good time was had by all.

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