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WCSU In Danbury Hosts Free Planetarium Shows

Western Connecticut State University will host free planetarium shows this spring.
Western Connecticut State University will host free planetarium shows this spring. Photo Credit: Facebook

DANBURY, Conn. — Western Connecticut State University’s Westside observatory will host free, public planetarium shows and viewing parties on multiple Saturday evenings this spring.

The observatory is on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury, between the Westside Campus Center and Pinney Hall.

Planetarium shows will be an hour; the times will vary with the sunset. After the show, the public is invited to view the night sky through individual telescopes or take turns with the large, 20-inch telescope.

Telescope viewing will be for two hours, weather permitting.

Schedule of events:

March 19: 7-8 p.m. planetarium show; 8-10 p.m. viewing of the waxing gibbous moon, winter and early spring sky, Jupiter

April 2: 7-8 p.m. planetarium show; 8-10 p.m. viewing of the spring sky, Jupiter

April 16: 7:30-8:30 p.m. planetarium show; 8:30-10:30 p.m. viewing of the waxing gibbous moon, spring sky, Jupiter

April 30: 8-9 p.m. planetarium show; 9-11 p.m. viewing of the spring sky, Jupiter

May 14: 8-9 p.m. planetarium show; 9-11 p.m. viewing of Jupiter, the moon past first quarter, Mars (late)

May 21: 9-11 p.m. observing only, Jupiter, the full moon, Mars near opposition

Parking is very limited around the observatory, but more can be found on University Boulevard.

Planetarium shows are not appropriate for infants or toddlers.

For updates, call (203) 837-8672 on the day of an event.

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