Presented by John Rusho - Free - Please call 315-649-5454 to register.
Class times: Indoor 7 to 8:00 PM at Lyme Free Library, followed by an outdoor session from 8:15 to approx. 10:00 PM. Class is intended for 12 years and older. Please call 315-649-5454 to register.
Introduction & Course Overview – Earth/Moon demo, astronomical distances, Constellations, Apparent Sky Motions, Solar & Lunar Motions, Seasons. Outdoor: Cardinal Points, Altitude-Azimuth system, Apparent Sky Motions, Begin constellations, basics of locating and identifying, Seasonal rising & setting points of Sun, also Sun’s altitude and time in sky.
Brief history of Astronomy - Classical Greeks, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Renaissance - Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler, Galileo, Solar System - General, Terrestrial & Jovian Planets, other Objects. Outdoor: Constellation Mythology and their meaning today, Finding & observing planets.
Binoculars and Telescopes - common designs & mountings for amateurs (brief overview). Outdoor: Using telescopes, Viewing planets (Venus, Jupiter, possibly Saturn) What is deep sky and what do you see?
The Stars – Their Properties, Distances, Stellar Patterns – The H-R Diagram, nearby vs. bright stars, Our Galaxy – The Milky Way. Outdoor: Star colors and meaning, Observe star clusters and nebulae.