Virtual Observatory Nights
A Picture of the Night Sky
Astronomist Josh Cochran leads aspiring astrophysicists and astronauts on a tour of the night sky! Join us virtually while Mr. Cochran streams lessons from the PSU/Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory for a virtual tour of the night sky! These video podcasts give a tour of the night sky and examples of the objects you can see from your own backyard. Some of the targets include Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon. Josh will also identify key constellations and asterisms that will help you at home, to navigate the sky and observe some of these wonderful celestial objects. These lessons and tours are not to miss!
Many of us grew up learning about the planets in school. However, since 2006 there has been a new type of object classified in our Solar System – dwarf planets. Come learn about these small fascinating worlds that add a rich depth to the object in our celestial neighborhood.
Date: May 21st, 2021
Perseid Meteor Shower
The Perseid Meteor shower is an annual event that is often the highlight of summer night sky observation. Come take advantage of the warm evenings to learn about and observe this event.
Date: August 13th, 2021
The night sky during the Fall of 2021 will have an excellent view of the Ringed Planet – Saturn. Come learn about past and future missions to Saturn and what they have told us about his fascinating planet in our Solar System.
Date: September 17th, 2021
The King of the Planets reigns during the Fall of 2021. Jupiter is a fascinating planet to study along with its incredible moon system. Come learn and view this celestial object through the Greenbush telescopes.
Date: October 15th, 2021
Venus is the 3rd brightest object in the sky. It is outshined by only the Sun and the Moon. This object gives us great perspective into our understanding of our own planet and the nature of the entire Solar System itself. Note the early start time for this presentation so we can begin by observing Venus!
Date: November 12th, 2021