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Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Astronomy 101

with Ron Thompson


Ron Thompson of Southern Maine Astronomers will teach participants how to enjoy the night sky, starting in the classroom with background information followed by exploration outdoors. In class you will get a brief overview of what astronomy is all about; learn how to use your eyes and charts to navigate the night sky; and find out how to identify and highlight the current constellations. Outside, you will discover how to find North using the Big Dipper and charts; explore finding Polaris with Ursa Major "pointer stars"; and, as the sky darkens, outline and identify the constellations using your red filtered flashlight and charts. Weather permitting, you will have an opportunity to look through a telescope and see a planet or a deep sky “fuzzy”. Please dress appropriately for the outdoor portion of class, bring a flashlight and small pencil, telescope and binoculars if you have them. Red filters for flashlights and Sky Maps will be provided. Class may run past 8:30 if students are interested. Registration $30. 1 night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class Mon 3/12 CHRHS Rm 112 Ron Thompson lives in Yarmouth and and has been interested in astronomy since Sputnik went into orbit. Ron enjoys the night sky using just his eyes or binoculars and telescope. He studies the Sun, our very own star, and tries to keep up with the many aspects of astronomy including technology advancements, spacecraft and continuing discoveries. Ron has been working with “Cornerstones of Science” in Brunswick modifying telescopes for libraries and offering workshops for librarians and patrons. For the past 12 years he has helped Cape Elizabeth High School science teachers with their astronomy programs.


Code: 6200.11.0.318.17.161056
  • Mar 12th, 2018
    Mon from 6:30 - 8:30 pm


25 Keelson Dr.
Rockport, ME 04856 Get directions

Room: 112

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