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Event: [Mar 25, 2017] Earth Hour Skywatching (West Melton, Canterbury)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by CAS Admin, Feb 26, 2017.

Earth Hour Skywatching
Posted By CAS Admin

R.F. Joyce Observatory
218 Bells Rd, Mcleans Island, West Melton 7671, New Zealand
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 08:00 PM
(ends Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 09:30 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland


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Start: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 08:00 PM
End: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 09:30 PM
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  1. CAS Admin

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    Earth Hour Skywatching – For those who prefer to be outside on the night of “Earth Hour” Saturday March 25th, there is the opportunity to view the moon and stars at the R.F. Joyce Memorial Observatory, Bell’s Road, West Melton. Gates open at 8.00pm.

    Instead of the usual fee of $10 for kids and $15 for adults, the Canterbury Astronomical Society will ask only a gold coin donation, on the gate.

    Opening will be dependant on the weather, so please check back here before heading out to the observatory. We will post a status update before 7:45pm as to whether we are open or not.

    You may also watch the event for notifications and question, comment or feedback below.
    On the night of your visit
    Please dip your headlights before arriving. Onsite parking is reserved for society members, please angle-park on the roadside, outside the observatory. Please wait outside the gate until 8pm as it will be dark and astronomers will be moving about setting up equipment. Walk down the driveway towards the lodge, following the red lights.

    Suggestions to improve your viewing experience

    • Dress Warm We recommend that you dress warm, as the telescopes (and you) are exposed to the winter night air.
    • No torches Becoming dark-adapted is essential for seeing the faint fuzzies that make up the deep sky. It takes 10-15 minutes for the pupil in your eye to expand to its maximum aperture. Over another 15 to 20 minutes, a chemical reaction in the eye kicks in that further boosts its sensitivity. A single shot of white light can ruin your night vision for up to 30 minutes.
    • No flashing shoes. If your shoes have flashing lights in the heels, please ensure they are covered or taped up.
    • Skymap Free maps of the night sky available at www.SkyMaps.com each month - great for the kids. Make sure you get the southern hemisphere map!

    For additional information about your visit, please see Canterbury Astronomical Society & Outreach
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2017

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