We’re a non-profit 501c3 organization comprised of dedicated volunteers that is dedicated to bringing the wonders of the night sky to the public. Come and join us every Wednesday night from 8-10pm (weather permitting & when the skies are clear) for our public nights and enjoy the views of planets, nebulae, and other deep sky objects through our telescopes. The Dome Observatory houses a 12.5″ Newtonian telescope and the lawn regularly hosts the newly upgraded and HUGE 25″ Obsession telescope, the largest in Connecticut available to the public.
In addition, please join us for our free monthly lectures, featuring the best speakers from around the world in diverse fields such as astronomy, cosmology, and physics.
NEXT FREE MEETING: Tuesday December 17, 8:00pm
David Mestre: Manager of Space Science Education at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium returns for the WAS Holiday Party to update us on Discovery’s upcoming CubeSat program.
Space programs can come in small packages. The Discovery Museum and its partners have embarked on their mission to launch a CubeSat into space. Along the way, we’ve launched actual hardware on suborbital flights from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. David Mestre will be displaying the flight hardware from that launch and talk about how far along we are on our home-grown space program.
Upcoming Speakers at the Rolnick Observatory:Kerstin Perez: NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow returns to WAS to update us on the NuSTAR X-Ray Space Telescope: January 21, 2014
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The Rolnick Observatory is 100% supported by your donations and memberships. We are all unpaid volunteers and completely rely on YOU for financial support. No tax-deductible amount you can give is too small and no amount is too great! Please donate or become a member today: Individual, Family and Corporate memberships are available.
Upcoming Events:Geminids Meteor Shower: December 13-15 - The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Gemini. The gibbous moon could be a problem this year, hiding man of the fainter meteors. But with up to 60 meteors per hour predicted, this should still be a good show. Winter Solstice: December 21 - The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude.
What’s this thing?
It’s the astronomer’s forecast. It shows when it will be cloudy or clear for up to the next two days. It’s a prediction when The Rolnick Observatory will have good weather for astronomical observing. Hint: If you see white blocks at night near the red vertical line (midnight), there’s a good chance we’ll be closed. Click the image to refresh.