View Venus and the Fall Sky at Potsdam's Ives Park
Join local astronomy enthusiasts in viewing a crescent Venus and a crescent moon in the western skies at Ives Park in Potsdam on Friday, Nov. 8. Local astronomers for Clarkson and St. Lawrence Universities, along with Bruce McClure of Earthsky will be setting up telescopes for public viewing.
Take advantage of this opportunity to view Venus through telescopes set up by sky watching enthusiasts from Reynolds Observatory and St. Lawrence University.
"The waxing crescent Moon will be out as well," McClure says. "You'll be surprised at the wonderful three-dimensional view of the lunar craters and mountains along the terminator, the shadow line dividing the lunar day from the lunar night. Plus, there's nothing quite as intriguing as seeing the glow of earthshine on the nighttime side of the Moon."
Would-be sky watchers are encouraged to come at sunset or shortly thereafter in order to have a crisper view of the crescent Venus and the lunar crescent at early dusk.
"At nightfall, the glare from these super-brilliant worlds becomes too overpowering for optimal viewing," McClure says. "After all, the Moon and Venus rank as the second-brightest and third-brightest celestial bodies to light up the heavens, respectively, after the Sun."
If you have binoculars, please bring them to the event. Clear weather permitting, the viewing will begin near sunset, or at approximately 4:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Aileen O'Donoghue at 315-229-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.