A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2016 Sep 19, 10:37 -0700
At the Wickware Planetarium, Eastern Connecticut State University:
Hear Frank Reed talk on Celestial Navigation and the Autumn Skies where you’ll learn the essential elements of navigating the globe using the stars and a sextant. Frank will focus on finding latitude from the height of the North Star and the important technique of using nearby stars like the Big Dipper to refine that latitude and make it accurate to the nearest mile. You'll also learn some autumn constellations, like Pegasus and Andromeda and Perseus and find a unique astronomical gem in each, including a natural clock in the sky discovered over 200 years ago by a backyard astronomer.
Public star shows are intended for ages 10 and up. The shows are free but you will need a ticket to reserve your seat. For ticket reservations, contact
Dr. Russell D. Sampson
Professor of Physical Sciences,
Co-director of the Robert K. Wickware Planetarium
The entrance to the Wickware Planetarium is located here: 41°43'13.3" N, 72°13'03.9" W. Windham is approximately halfway between Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island.
PS: This program is intended for those new to celestial navigation, but if any NavList locals want to attend, you might call and inquire on the day of the program to see if there are still tickets available (tickets are free but required).