In the following weeks every Wednesday around sunset (weather permitting) Waquoit Bay Research Reserve staff and scientists will be conducting tests of several optical instruments.
Members of the public interested in astronomy and stargazing are welcome to join us as we will have telescopes set up for observing various celestial objects: planets, Moon, star clusters, etc.
In particular, the planet Venus (the evening star) is very bright in the western sky now and will continue in February. Amateur astronomers interested in astrophotography and telescope making are cordially invited to come and discuss their experiences.
Next meeting will be on the bluffs behind the Visitor Center on February 1, 2017, from 5pm to 6pm.
For up to date information and to be placed on email list, please contact Vitalii Sheremet (firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-495-4724).
Venus goes through the following aspects in 2017: Greatest eastern elongation of 47 degrees on January 12; Greatest brilliancy on February 18; Stationary then retrograde on March 2; Inferior conjunction on March 25 (after that Venus will appear as the morning star in the eastern sky); Stationary then prograde on April 12; Greatest brilliancy on April 26; Greatest western elongation of 46 degrees on June 3.
The next Superior conjunction of Venus will occur on January 9, 2018. (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Aspects-5Fof-5FVenus&d=DQIBAw&c=lDF7oMaPKXpkYvev9V-fVahWL0QWnGCCAfCDz1Bns_w&r=mwsDJdpYTRd6ZOHOHyVGi7k_9fkx66NCjfQbKyQLrcA&m=koSx4LGmwTpu0uYxyKoZTAo6fDRnFxPlP8tAZG3gHQU&s=D2iMt2HnILcwCAGOZmFP2XjSYr7jXDh46mIFYOmTcws&e= ).