On Friday August 7th the Astronomical Society of New Haven had a public outreach event at Brooksvale Park in Hamden, Connecticut. About 9 club members were in attendence, while about 40 participants showed up on a nice summer evening.
Sponsored by the Friends of Brooksvale Park, Inc., remembered ASNH from provious years and invited us back to this event. Friday night the moon was just a day after being full, but all who viewed it rising above the tree line were impressed. Not to be outdone, Jupiter was just to the right of the moon with 5 of it’s moons visable in a telescope.
Even though the light of the moon deminished viewing, The Ring Nebula, M13 in Hercules, and a few other objects were shown to the delight of the attendees.
By 10pm the clouds started to roll in as the people stared to roll out. All in all a nice night out, without rain.
Before it got dark “Meteor Man” Al Washburn set up his Meteor exhibit in a nearby barn for all to view as shown in the picture below. According to Al, “This girl stayed much longer than anybody, especially after everyone left”. Good job Al! Nice location too! No cows inside to jump over the moon, but, whenever do you get a nice barn with a chandelier to view meteors?