Thursday, March 29, 2012
Orion, the Hunter, is the most prominent constellation visible to us in the northern hemisphere at any time of the year. It's easy to identify by the three equally-bright stars, arranged in a line, which form Orion's belt.
The two brightest stars in the constellation are at the upper left and lower right, called Betelgeuse (beetle juice) and Rigel, respectively. Both are giant stars --but of very different types. Betelgeuse is a red supergiant star, it is nearing the end of its life. It has cooled and expanded to a size which is more than twice the width of the orbit of Mars -- about 500 times as wide as our own Sun. (In 5 billion years the Sun will be a red giant, its outer edge will expand out to envelop the Earth.)
Rigel, on the other hand is a blue supergiant. It is relatively young and is 10 times as hot as Betelgeuse -- and 5 times as hot as the Sun. It is 40,000 times as bright as the Sun, while Betelgeuse is 14,000 time brighter. Rigel is actually a triple star. The blue supergiant is orbited by 2 smaller stars, which orbit around each other.
But, the most spectacular objects in Orion are not the stars but nebulae. The Orion Nebula or Great Nebula of Orion is located between the two stars which make up the "sword" -- which are line up vertically below the belt. It is a huge cloud of gasses from which which many stars are being formed. The equally spectacular Horsehead Nebula and the Orion Nebula are just areas within a much larger nebula 1500 light years away from us.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Saugatuck Falls Natural Area in Redding, CT. The entrance is located between
mail box # 65 and 73 on Diamond Hill Road in Redding. Follow
straight in until you see the large sign (entrance marker) on your left.
Meet at 9:30am.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24 saw the Ridgefield Park and Recreation Center hopping with the 15th Annual Lego Contest. This year 91 contestants entered 73 creations and took away $1,000 worth of prizes. Thanks to all our sponsors: Union Savings Bank for Underwriting the prizes, Stop and Shop, Steve's Bagels, Planet Pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, Economy Printing, The Toy Chest, Ridgefield Park and Recreation Department and all our volunteers for making this event another success. Below is a list of the 2012 Winners:
People’s Choice Grand Prize: Finn Atkins – 2nd Grade
Guess the Lego Winner – Matthew DiLilloPreK – K: 1st Emily Siuta; 2nd Griffin Smucker; 3rd Ryan Zucker
Grade 1: 1st Walter Garret; 2nd Heidi Atkins; 3rd Stephanie Iwinski
Grade 2: 1st Jared Lugones; 2nd Adi and Harshiv Gorakhiya; 3rd Finn CroninGrade 3: 1st James Bostrup; 2nd Ethan & Fisher Mills (Mini Figure Warefare); 3rd Ryan Shirrell
Grade 4: 1st The Cheeselings (Henry Meyler & Miles Stoddart); 2nd Wild for Legos (Adam Biernat & Natalia Piwko) 3rd Derek Szpakowski
Grade 5 and Up: 1st Jacob Hedegaard; 2nd G & J Airport Architects – (John Burns & Gunner Thuss) 3rd Tie: Team Pi (Wujin Kim, Seha Kim, Samuel McDonnough) & Mathew Szpakowski
Family: 1st Vieltojarvi Family; 2nd Kotsanos Family; 3rd Team Deane
Monday, March 19, 2012
Tarrywile Park in Danbury. Take 84 to the Airport Exit. Take a right at the
light at end of ramp. Follow road to stop sign and make sharp right turn onto
Southern Blvd. Stay on Southern Blvd. There will be signs for Tarrywile
Park. Follow signs and make a right to Tarrywile. Immaculate H.S. will be
on the left and the parking lot for Tarrywile will be on the right side. Meet
Monday, March 12, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Take Rt. 7 and turn onto Florida Hill Road. Make a right onto North Valley Road.
Park along the side of North Valley Road closest to Florida Hill Road.
Meet at 9:30am.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Take Route 33 into Wilton.
In between address 760 and 764 there will be an accessway on the left.
Turn left and follow road up hill to parking on right.
Look for CT sign Quarry Head on left at beginning of accessway.
Meet at 9:30am.