Let’s look at the Fall night sky together and see what’s up there. The Summer Triangle of the stars Altair, Deneb and Vega will be our guide. We’ll peer deeply into the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way, and explore the wonders of Sagittarius and its wispy nebulae. Stops along the way will include spectacular open and globular star clusters, as well as the blue and gold star, Albireo. Don’t forget a glimpse of Antares, the red giant star at the heart of the scorpion in Scorpius. Throughout the course we will have nice views of Mars and Saturn as they head toward the west at sunset. On the first night we may even get a quick glimpse of Jupiter as it sets in the west. Sky conditions and moon permitting, most evenings will include viewing through a high-quality telescope. A highlight of the course will be at least one visit to my home observatory in Woodacre.
No previous knowledge of astronomy is necessary for this course. It is also open to those of you who have taken Astronomy 101 in the past.