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Constellations and Chasing Planets

30 Mar 2015, 03:15 UTC
Constellations and Chasing Planets
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Despite dreary weather, fifty guests came to the Strawbridge Observatory for a constellation-themed event last Saturday.
As members of the public arrived, they engaged in a constellation art activity. They creatively drew and colored their own renditions of the animals outlined by different constellations.

Haverford student Sarah Betti, ’17 then presented a talk about constellations, providing the history of constellations and how they are helpful. She even provided tips on how to locate common constellations in the spring sky of Philadelphia.

Cloudy skies loomed over the observatory telescopes, so observing did not seem likely. Haverford student volunteers instead led tours through the observatory to the domes so guests could learn about the telescopes and the observing process.
As the crowd thinned down, several guests and volunteers noticed that a gap in the clouds exposed the moon. Students on telescope duty quickly opened the domes to provide a view.
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