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Night Sky Classes at Ellicottville Library Remedy Cabin Fever

Given Western New York winters, it’s not surprising that every year there are outbreaks of cabin fever.

Don’t let it happen this winter!  Come to the Ellicottville Memorial Library three classes about the night sky. Classes will be led by long time amateur astronomer Bert Probst, and each is structured for adults over the age of 16.

The Night Sky– In this class, you will discover what’s up there in the Ellicottville night sky.  We’ll cover all sorts of good subjects, some familiar and some not so familiar, including the moon, planets, constellations, galaxies, star clusters, meteors, the northern lights and the International Space Station.

Each participant will receive a planisphere which we’ll use to find our way around the night sky. The class will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26.  The fee for this class is $15.

Let’s Talk Telescopes– This class is for you if you’ve ever thought about owning a telescope. The three major types of telescopes will be briefly presented, and the three major mounts in use today for amateur telescopes will be reviewed. You are encouraged to bring your telescope for display and/or to receive assistance in its use.  This class will meet on Wednesday, March 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  There is no fee.

Meteors, Meteorites, Craters And Comets– We’ll be talking about “shooting stars” and meteorites. And those beautiful, however infrequent, visitors to our part of the solar system, comets- where do they come from and how are they related to shooting stars, meteorites and craters?  We’ll tie all of these together.

This class will meet at the library on Wednesday, March 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  There is no fee.

Call the library to enroll or with any questions.  716-699-2842.

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