Cruising Along the Milky Way
September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
This presentation, beginning indoors, will help you to understand the dimensions of our galaxy, how it was formed, and our location in it. You will learn how recognize several prominent constellation and to find spectacular Milk Way objects—star cluster, glowing nebulae, and more–with binoculars or a modest telescope. If the weather is dry and clear the program will have an outdoor component.
As darkness falls over the Schoodic Peninsula, the Milky Way arches across the sky from horizon to horizon. Many of autumn’s most prominent constellations are suspended within its pale glow. On Wednesday, September 25, at 7:00 PM, Astronomy volunteer Richard Luecke will take you on an image-enhanced journey along that river of starlight, through Perseus and Cassiopeia in the northeast, and on to Cygnus, the Swan, as it hovers overhead. Then glide down through Aquila, Zeus’s pet Eagle, and Scutum, the Shield of King John Sobieski. Each has a story to tell and rewarding targets to explore.
Your journey will end in the constellation Sagittarius, the man-horse Archer, which marks the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy—our island home in the cosmos. It glistens with star clusters and glowing clouds of interstellar gas that even our naked eyes can dimly perceive.
Saturn and Jupiter shine brightly low in the southwest.
Richard Luecke, a resident of Gloucester, MA, is an avid visual astronomer and a regular volunteer in Acadia National Park. He is Vice President of the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, editor of its newsletter (The Celestial Observer), and an active member of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club. His favorite celestial targets are star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae, which he pursues on dark nights from his backyard in Gloucester MA.