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Exploring the Night Sky

Program Description

During the past two years of the pandemic, many have turned to nature as a source of comfort. With the arrival of spring, the outdoors call us back into the sights and sounds of nature. One important aspect is the night sky: its wealth of beautiful objects, each with its own story, and the ever-changing march of the heavens above. This lecture will explain how to observe the night sky, and where to find some of the many objects of interest, with particular emphasis on what is visible in the skies over Winnipeg this spring and summer. We will explore several phenomena that can be seen from the comfort of your backyard or country cottage: the cycle of the seasons, the movements of the Sun at different seasons, the phases of the Moon, and the peculiar apparent motions of the planets. We will showcase a number of stars, and other stellar objects – double stars, variable stars, star clusters, etc. – all within reach of the unaided eye, binoculars, or a small telescope. Information on how to find these objects will be given, along with brief descriptions of what we have learned about them through modern astronomical research. Finally, information will be given on how to access a few of the many resources now available on the Internet, in order to enjoy and understand the fascination of the night sky. Presented in co-operation with our friends at the Good Neighbours Active Living Centre. FEE: $10.00 SCHEDULE Day: Wednesday Date: May 25 Time: 1:30 to 3:00 LOCATION Good Neighbours Active Living Centre, Bronx Park Community Centre, 720 Henderson Highway ABOUT THE PRESENTER Presented by Dr. Murray Alexander, professor of Physics at the University of Winnipeg whose primary area of interest concerns the astrophysics of binary star systems. COVID POLICY All participants must be double vaccinated and must wear a mask. Masks may be removed during exercise but social distancing must be maintained. If the participant leaves their exercise area they must wear their mask. Anyone with symptoms of illness such as a cough, runny nose, fever etc. is asked not to attend. Those with noticeable symptoms will be asked to leave. This class will have a limited number of participants and will take place in a large, well ventilated space.

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