Astronomy Classes


Lyme Free Library
12165 Main St PO Box 369
13622 Chaumont , NY
United States
Phone: 315-649-5454
Fax: 315-649-2911
44° 3' 57.7332" N, 76° 7' 40.8504" W
New York US

Astronomy Classes 

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.

August 2nd

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.

August 9th

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.              

August 16th

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? 

August 23rd

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.     

Event Date: 

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Aug 23 2019.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Event Time: 

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm


John Rusho