"Last Sat night we were treated to a wonderful look at stars, planets and constellations. Organized by Pat & Fred of St. Michael's, outside in the park at the Westwood Library.
The weather cooperated, although when we first arrived there was a little cloud cover, but it was still light out and Pat took that opportunity to explain some facts of what we were about to discover. She gave everyone a paper copy of an interactive sky chart from which anyone can get as it is a free app on your phone as the sky is constantly changing so what you see tonight will be different a week or a month from now. You need to hold it above your head and look up at it to get the right perspective.
Their large telescope was set up and we were able to see the moon with its craters and Jupiter with its 4 moons. By 9 pm the sky was completely clear and we had a wonderful stargazing experience.
Fred and Pat showed us how to locate the little dipper and the north star. We located the big dipper and Cassiopeia from the handle of the little dipper. They showed us how to pick out the satellite traveling thru the night sky and to differentiate it from the planes flying over.
There was coffee and munchies inside if we got chilly and they had a video playing as well. On the table were numerous copies of SkyNews a magazine of astronomy and stargazing for us to have a copy."
A close up of the stars - through the Telescope!
The red pointer won't ruin your nightvision.
A great information session on Astronomy.
Fun for ALL ages!
Tomorrow (April 29th) is International Astronomy Day!
Hosted by Linda & Bill Smallman at their riverside home
Easter Sunrise - Christ is Risen
Sunrise over the river - Beautiful!
Linda Smallman took the first reading.
A lovely turn out for the service.
Tom Strawbridge - 2nd reading....
...and the collection; thank you Tom.
There was some lovely wildlife too!
Rev. Gloria Master gives the homily.
It was a breathtaking sunrise over the distant hills.
The weather was perfect!
The end of the service, and a beautiful day begun.
Short clip (showing Rev. Gloria & Linda's voice in background)