Milford library turns thoughts to the sky
Tonight, beginning at 8:30, folks are invited to come get a closer view of the stars during the Sky Watch program at Keyes Field, hosted by the library. The all-ages event, which is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program, is open to the public.
“The theme this year is ‘Dream Big, Read,’ and what could be bigger than the night sky?” said children’s librarian Letty Goerner.
Experts from the New Hampshire Astronomical Society will serve as guides to the sky and will bring telescopes to help people get a closer look at outer space.
“The folks should be able to see summer constellations, as well as Venus and Mars,” said Goerner. “If they have telescopes and want to bring them, they are welcome to, otherwise members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society will have their telescopes and are willing to let people take a look through those.”
Star gazing will begin as soon as the sun goes down.
According to the website of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society, sky watchers need to let their eyes adapt to the dark so that they can see the stars more clearly. To that end, visitors should bring flashlights but cover the lens with red tape because the red light helps them see where they’re going without affecting their “night vision.”
There’s also no flash photography permitted for the same reason, and smoking is banned because the smoke can damage the society’s telescopes.
But perhaps most importantly, the society suggests that people remember that even though it’s summer, it gets rather chilly at night. They recommend bringing “about twice as much warm clothing as you think you’ll need.”
For more information, visit www.wadleighlibrary.org or www.nhastro.com.
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