Star watches are the principal public outreach activity of the AELC. Each Star Watch provides a science-oriented understanding of the different types of objects to be found in in the universe. These include the moon, planets, stars and star clusters, galaxies, constellations, comets and different types of nebulae. These objects will be viewed through both telescopes, as well as your eyes only. So bring your interest and questions and enjoy yourself under the night sky. Check out out our Starwatch Video’s page HERE: AELC Starwatch Video Archive
Also, this WITF News Article provides additional information.
Star Watch Tips:
1. There will be an array of club telescopes for you to look through, each pointed at a different celestial objects with a club member in attendance to explain the object and answer questions.
2. A club member will also point out and discuss constellations, which are better viewed with just you eyes.
3. You may bring your own telescope or binoculars if you have them. You don’t have to know how to use them, the astronomy club will try to help you.
4. Make sure to dress in layers and bring drinks because it can get chilly at night, even in the summer.
5. Flashlights are ok but keep them pointed at the ground, not in people’s eyes.
Our Star Watches are outdoor events hosted monthly at one of two alternating locations, listed below. Our calendar shows two star watches each month with the Friday event being the primary and the Saturday being the rain date. Be sure to check our calendar the day before attending to see which one will be used. The directions to these locations are located in the calendar for each star watch.
1) Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation
- Website: http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/parks
- Address: Environmental Center, 1 Natures Way, Lancaster, PA
- Registration/Info: Call 717-295-2055
- Cost: No Charge
2) Manheim Township Parks and Recreation