Planetariums make me happy!

I would like to start by saying: I really want to meet an alien!!  Seriously, how awesome would that be!!! Last night I attended a show at the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium (a part of Yale Department of Astronomy) in New Haven.  The Observatory holds several free public events, which are great for kids and adults alike (please see their calendar).

They started the night off by showing us the New Haven sky and pointing out all the constellations and stars that are in our view this time of year.  We then watched “Oasis in Space” – a beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water.  I love seeing photos of space; they make me very happy. You can go to NASA’s website and see some colorful and magical things…I selected a few below.

The Leitner Observatory also has two permanently mounted telescopes (the historic 8-inch Reed refractor, mounted in the east dome and a  computer-controlled, 0.4 meter reflecting telescope mounted in the west dome).  The telescopes are set up for public viewing after the planetarium shows weather permitting; so if the skies are cloudy, it is a no go. Last night was beautiful and I got to see the moon and stars and I loved it!

My Suggestion: Go to a planetarium!  Look at all the cool photos on! Find a dark place in the middle of nowhere and lay out under the stars! (don’t get abducted! – well unless it is by an alien because that would probably be amazing!! – or not??)

Crackling with Solar Flares - Image Credit: NASA

Andromeda’s Once and Future Stars - Image Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/J.Fritz, U.Gent/XMM-Newton/EPIC/W. Pietsch, MPE

A Chameleon Sky - Image Credit: NASA, WFPC2, HST, R. Sahai and J. Trauger (JPL)

Deep Inside the Milky Way - Image Credit: Artist's Concept/NASA/ESA/STScI

Of Dust and Creation - Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

Sun and Moon - Image Credit: NASA

The Greatest Stars - ImageCredit: NASA, ESA, and J. Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)

This Planet Smells Funny - Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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