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June WestportMAKES Program Invites Astronomy Enthusiasts and Citizen Scientists

June 1, 2016

Physics and astronomy professor and Westport Astronomical Society board member Kevin Green will lead a community build of two prototype telescopes in the Library’s MakerSpace. Members of the public are invited to help with the construction of the telescopes on:

  • Tuesdays from 10 am-3 pm
  • Thursdays 10 am-3 pm
  • Thursdays from 5-7 pm (except June 9)
  • Saturdays from 11 am-3 pm

Celestial viewing with the Library telescopes in the upper parking lot, weather permitting:

  • Wednesdays, June 8 & 15 from 8-10 pm
  • Mondays, June 20 - July 25 from 8-10 pm (no viewing week of July 4)

If the prototyping goes according to plan, several automated telescopes will then be placed in various Westport locations and will be available for astronomy enthusiasts to view objects and events in space, which can be recorded, downloaded and potentially used for “citizen science” data collection. As part of the Westport Library’s bi-monthly Maker-in-Residence series, Westport Library cardholders and members of the Westport Astronomical Society will have access to a website that will allow users to reserve a telescope to observe any point above the horizon or selected objects. During times when community demand is low, the Community Telescope Array (the 5-6 available telescopes) will record asteroid occultations, or shadows of asteroids on Earth’s surface as they pass in front of more distant stars.
 

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