Copernican Planetarium and Observatory

Copernican Planetarium and Observatory Official FB page for the Copernican Planetarium & Observatory at CCSU. We offer free planetarium shows & observing sessions for the general public & school/civic groups.

Copernicus Hall, main floor, room 211. https://web.ccsu.edu/astronomy/directions.htm

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Seeing Spots (Safely): Getting Started in Solar Observing, sponsored by the American Association of Variable Star Observ...
11/21/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: AAVSO Webinar with Dr. Kristine Larsen and Gabriel Murawski. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Seeing Spots (Safely): Getting Started in Solar Observing, sponsored by the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) - Free virtual talk

Saturday, November 27, 2 PM EST
2021 is the perfect time to begin observing the closest variable star, our sun. As it awakens from solar minimum, the sun presents the observer with an ever-changing constellation of sunspots and other features. Co-Director of the AAVSO Solar Observing Section Dr. Larsen will walk you through the basics of solar activity and the techniques that allow you to safely monitor it. Register here.

In this webinar, Dr. Larsen will discuss "Seeing Spots (Safely): Getting Started in Solar Observing." 2021 is the perfect time to begin observing the closest variable star, our sun. As it awakens from solar minimum, the sun presents the observer with an ever-changing constellation of sunspots and ot...

CCSU Astronomer to give a free lunchtime virtual talk on the connection between the Earth and its parent star, the Sun. ...
10/18/2021
Lecture: Astronomy, Sunspots & Northern Lights

CCSU Astronomer to give a free lunchtime virtual talk on the connection between the Earth and its parent star, the Sun. Sponsored by AARP Connecticut. https://local.aarp.org/aarp-event/virtual-u-lecture-northern-lights-blackouts-and-unruly-radios-sunspots-and-modern-life-10212021-12pm-et-y5nvrlhqjfq.html?usetown

Learn what how sunspots, solar flares and the Northern Lights impact modern life. Join AARP CT and attendees from across the U.S. for a FREE, Virtual session

Interested in Climate Change? Take advantage of this FREE webinar!
04/06/2021

Interested in Climate Change? Take advantage of this FREE webinar!

Interested in Climate Change? Take advantage of this FREE webinar!

02/06/2021
Life & Leisure - CCSU

Have you even wondered where the constellations came from? Wonder no more! Join us for a FREE virtual presentation on Monday, February 8, 7-8 PM. https://ce.ccsu.edu/life-leisure/

CCSU Virtual Scholars For Life! Speaking Series CCSU faculty and guest speakers bring their passions and knowledge to our Scholars For Life! Speaking series. We look forward to the time when we can safely gather again and enjoy our time together over dinner, but for now, we are happy to bring you ou...

Here is a second upcoming free online event featuring #CCSU astronomy professor Dr. Kristine Larsen https://farmingtonli...
12/23/2020
Virtual Presentation: What’s Up? Backyard Astronomy for 2021 | Farmington Libraries

Here is a second upcoming free online event featuring #CCSU astronomy professor Dr. Kristine Larsen https://farmingtonlibraries.librarymarket.com/events/virtual-presentation-whats-backyard-astronomy-2021

What’s Up? Backyard Astronomy for 2021 As we ring in a new year, what treats does the cosmos have in store for us over the next 12 months? Join CCSU astronomy professor Dr. Kristine Larsen in a journey through space and time as we preview astronomical events that you can view from your own backyar...

Are you watching the Great Jupiter/Saturn conjunction? Binoculars will allow you to see Jupiter's largest moons as well....
12/08/2020
Before the end of 2020, great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn | EarthSky.org

Are you watching the Great Jupiter/Saturn conjunction? Binoculars will allow you to see Jupiter's largest moons as well. https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/great-jupiter-saturn-conjunction-dec-21-2020

Jupiter and Saturn are getting closer, as they near their once-in-20-years conjunction on December 21, 2020. At their closest, they'll be only 0.1 degrees apart. That's just 1/5 of a full moon diameter. Start watching them now, and you'll see them draw close together.

Sorry to say we are still closed, as campus is not officially open. Some of you have asked how to see Comet NEOWISE. Loo...
07/22/2020

Sorry to say we are still closed, as campus is not officially open. Some of you have asked how to see Comet NEOWISE. Look NNW near the Big Dipper about an hour to 90 minutes after sunset. If you can get away from city lights, all the better. Use binoculars if you have them.

SUPPORT THE PLANETARIUM AND OBSERVATORY!It’s Devil Double Dare week at CCSU! This means that your gifts of $25 to $500 t...
06/16/2020
Copernican Observatory & Planetarium

SUPPORT THE PLANETARIUM AND OBSERVATORY!

It’s Devil Double Dare week at CCSU! This means that your gifts of $25 to $500 to the CCSU Planetarium and Observatory received from June 16-19 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the university. Any funds donated by you will help us continue to provide free educational astronomy outreach service to various organizations of all age levels and abilities from the surrounding community. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

If you prefer to donate with a specific purchase in mind as a way to improve your experience at the CCSU Planetarium and Observatory, here is a wish list of equipment we have in mind:

Refractor telescope kit: $25 each
Materials to create raffle prizes and giveaways at planetarium shows: $100
Poster set for planetarium: $200
Sound system speaker upgrade: $400

It’s easy! You can donate directly to the planetarium fund here: https://ccsu.networkforgood.com/causes/10287-copernican-observatory-planetarium
or go to the university website www.ccsu.edu/DDD (earmark your donation for the planetarium and observatory). If you prefer, your donation can be mailed to: CCSU Foundation, Inc., PO Box 612, New Britain, CT 06050-0612. If you pay by check please comment in the note line that your donation is earmarked for the planetarium and observatory account rather than to the general university fund.

As always, we are grateful for your ongoing support.

Each year, thousands of Connecticut school children are introduced to the night sky by visiting the Copernican Observatory and Planetarium at CCSU. Thousands more citizens of our state also share in the joy of learning about the universe through o...

06/01/2020
Astronomy Outreach @ CCSU

Outreach continues despite the campus shutdown! https://web.ccsu.edu/astronomy/outreach.html (please forgive the lack of creative webdesign - I am accessing the website editing tool by remoting into my office computer)

While the campus is currently closed (including the Copernican Planetarium and Observatory), the astronomy staff at CCSU is still committed to engaging with the citizens of Connecticut and helping you learn about and enjoy the universe!

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An eyepiece -projected view of the Transit of Mercury. Monday Nov. 11. Celestron C90 3.5" Maksutov. Anyone else see it?
Hi Friends of the Copernican Observatory and Planetarium at CCSU, Not much time tonight so I will go over the schedule in this News and hope to get some additional news out to everyone probably next Monday. We will be in this Saturday March 17th, (St. Patrick’s Day). I plan to be in from 2:30 PM on. I hope to install new O-ring drive belts to the Daily motion motor. It is a similar operation to when we installed the new drive belts to the latitude motor a couple of Saturday’s ago except the motor is not as easy to get to. At the moment daily motion doesn’t work so well and it needs to get fixed. Angie and I checked on all the planets on Wednesday and got them all back to their proper positions. They weren’t that far off but it’s good to check them to see if we need to do any additional work on them during our Preventative Maintenance visit which we now do during the second week of April instead of our spring break week because of possible problems with snow. Which we had again this year so it’s a good thing we pushed it back to April this year. There is also a public show this Saturday starting at 7:30 PM with our fun physics activities with the show itself at 8:00. We will do Gary’s show again. Monday March 19th we have a 4:30 PM college class show on “Stars”. This is a program we do very rarely for Dr. Larsen’s class. Tuesday March 20th we have a full High School program from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. On Wednesday March 21st we will NOT have a meeting of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford (ASGH). Al Johnson sent the below message about the March meeting of the ASGH which will be held at Wesleyan University in Middletown in their Van Vleck observatory. I will try to get some more information about this meeting to you if I get a chance to write some more news in the next couple of days. Hi All, The March meeting of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford is NOT on the third Wednesday, it is on Tuesday, 27 of March at the Van Vleck Observatory classroom. It will begin at 6:30 and end at 7:30PM. After the meeting members and guests can attend the Sturm Lecture, an astronomy related annual lecture nearby at Wesleyan University( walking distance from observatory to the lecture hall). Parking can be at the Wyllis Ave parking lot or on Vine Street, adjacent to the tennis courts. Al Johnson, Secretary, ASGH On Thursday March 22 we have a “Recipe for Earth” program starting at 10:00 AM and going to 11:30 AM. On Friday March 23 we have a “Planets of the Sun” program starting at 1:00 PM and running to 2:40 PM. By now you have probably heard of the death of Stephen Hawking who died on Wednesday. Well that is all I have time for tonight. Hopefully I can get some more news out in a couple of days. Have a great day, Craig Robinson, Copernican Observatory and Planetarium at CCSU.
Hi Friends of the Copernican Observatory and Planetarium at CCSU. Our quiet weeks are soon ending. Here are next week’s shows. We will not be in this Saturday February 24th. We don’t have a program and quite frankly I have to catch up on some much needed sleep to see if I can get rid of this cough that I have had over the past couple of weeks. On Wednesday February 28th we have a “Planets of the Sun” program starting at 10:00 AM and running to 11:45 AM. On Thursday March 1st we have a “Our Moon” program starting at 11:00 AM and running to 12:30 PM. On Saturday March 3rd we have our regular public show starting at 8:00 PM but with our Physics Fun demonstrations starting at 7:30 PM. I plan to be in from 2:30 PM on unless you hear otherwise in next week’s planetarium news. A couple of things interesting on the NASA news site. Bigelow Space Operations plans to put inflatable space stations in orbit and develop inflatable spacecraft to go to the Moon and Mars and has a test inflatable module on the International Space Station in orbit around the Earth. They are trying to secure both funding and sign up commercial interests in using their inflatable spacecraft in space. One thing that caught my eye about the article on the NASA news site is they feel it is important for at US company to be involved in this at this time because China is aggressively marketing space on its upcoming space station in space and is trying to lock as many other countries into contracts using Chinese rocket hardware and Chinese space stations as they can trying to corner the market on corporate use of space, and the use of space stations by foreign nations who would book space on the Chinese space stations. A teacher tried to book a program with me for 300 students the other day. I told her that we would have to do that on three days since we only fit 90 in our planetarium, with the plan being 100 would come to CCSU on any one day with 50 of them coming to a planetarium program while the other 50 have a campus tour or do some other activity on campus and then the groups switch activities. That is proving to be difficult to coordinate over the three days this will have to happen over. However I ran into another problem with this. They told me they have to come on three consecutive days because their principal doesn’t want to space out the visits because they want all of their students to be at the same place in their curriculum as all the other students of the same grade in their school and spreading this out over more than three consecutive days will mean that some will have seen the planetarium program several days before some of the others and that will not work in keeping everyone at the same place in their curriculum. So when I suggested that they come on a Monday Tuesday and a Wednesday I was told that won’t work because all their Tuesdays are used for test preparations so their students will do well in the standard tests that they all need to take these days. So when I suggested three other dates over a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, they told me that wouldn’t work because Thursdays are also used for test preparation or the day that their students actually take the test or a practice test. When I suggested that they come on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of one week I was told that won’t work because Wednesday is only a half day each week so the teachers can spend Wednesday afternoons learning what they have to do for their test preparation sessions for the next week. So when I asked what weeks they don’t do their test preparing I was told there are no school weeks when they don’t do test preparation on Tuesdays and Thursdays or actual test taking on Thursdays and no weeks when they don’t use Wednesday afternoons for teacher preparation for the test preparation sessions the following week. When I asked does that mean two and a half school days of each week during their school year is spent on test preparation and testing they told me that was correct. She then spent the next five minutes telling me that we have to come up with three consecutive school days for her classes to come for them to come to our programs. When I told her that would be impossible without using Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays she told me that there has to be a way. I actually spent five full minutes talking about this with her trying to convince me it will work without the three days in the middle of the week and at the same time rejecting every set of days I suggested because they were not consecutive, or included a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. I eventually told her she would have to go back to her principal and tell them that there is no way to get three consecutive days without using the mid-week days of the week but it took the five minutes before she finally agreed that it isn’t possible. Another teacher is having a hard time coming up with a day that will work for them too. She eventually asked me to set aside all of June for their school and then they can tell me which day they can come when it gets much closer to June. I told her sorry, I can’t book up a whole month while you decide on what day to come. I don’t think I have seen a year where teachers are as frazzled as this one judging from the bizarre booking requests I am getting. I also stumbled on this piece of information this past week and want to pass it along to you just in case you might be interested in such things. Most of the foreign aid that the United States Government doles out goes to five countries. Here they are in order and with how much aid they annually get from the United States government. #1) Iraq 5.3 billion #2)Afghanistan 5 billion #3) Israel 3.1 billion #4 and # 5 are a tie and they are Egypt and Jordan which each get 1.2 billion. And that is all for this week. Have a great day. Craig Robinson, Copernican Observatory and Planetarium at CCSU.