1007 Fall 2018 Evening Visit to the Roll-Top Observatory at Turner Farm Park
Friday, 7:15 pm, Sept. 28
The Turner Farm, 925 Springvale Road, Great Falls, Virginia 22066
Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey L. Kretsch
Coordinator: Mary Kornreich
The Analemma Society, in conjunction with Northern Virginia Astronomy Club volunteers, conducts Friday night observing sessions from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the roll-top observatory. The OLLI session starts at 7:15 pm with an introduction to the night sky, pointing out major constellations, the planets, and deep sky objects. These include a description of the daily motions of the celestial sphere and the changes of the seasons. When the moon is visible, a close look at its geological surface features is provided. Views of features of the visible bright planets are provided as well as their satellites. A wide range of deep sky objects including galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters can be seen in the telescopes, as well as double stars and other peculiar stars of interest. The passage of earth-orbiting satellites is provided as the opportunity arises. Sky programs providing a description of the night's viewing will be provided. The Turner Farm is located at the intersection of Georgetown Pike (Route 193) and Springvale Road (Route 674) in Great Falls, Virginia. The park entrance is on Springvale Road. When you arrive take the path to the roll-top observatory, following the signs. Those who come early are welcome to go to the telescopes. Registration for this carpool event is on a first-come, first-served basis. This optional nighttime visit follows up on the Loudoun fall term special event L965 Astronomy and the Modern Social Concept of Time (Wednesday, Sept. 26 at OLLI in Loudoun). See catalog listing for more information on the lecture.