Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The DC Women's Hiking Group will hike Tues., May 29th and Thurs., May 31st at Topstone Park in Redding, CT.
Take Route 7 to Topstone Rd.
Follow over railroad tracks.
Turns into dirt road.
Parking area will be on the right.
Meet at 9:30am.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The DC Women's Hiking Group will hike Tues., May 22nd and Thurs., May 24th at Scott Preserve/Rock Lot in Redding, CT.
Coming from the north on Route 7 turn left onto Old Redding Rd. Right after going under RR bear right onto Mountain Rd. Follow Mountain Rd. to end and turn left onto Peaceable St. Parking for the open space will be on the left. If you come to an electrical substation, you went too far.
Meet at 9:30am.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The DC Women's Hiking Group will hike Tues., May 15th and Thurs., May 17th at Lake Windwing in Ridgefield, CT.
Take Limestone Rd. and follow road which will turn into Bennetts Farm Rd. Turn right on to South Shore Dr. (Across from Ridgebury Elementary School).
Entrance and parking will be on the left.
Meet at 9:30am.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 2012 Constellation of the Month: Leo

If you face south and look high in the sky, you'll see a very bright reddish object.  That's Mars, which is now in the constellation of Leo, the Lion.    

Every year, around March, Leo makes its appearance low in the  East, a sign that spring is on the way.  Leo is easily recognizable by the triangle and backwards question mark (known as "the Sickle") shapes it contains.  

When Mars doesn't happening to be passing through it, you can find Leo by starting with the Big Dipper.  Take the 2 stars at the end of the bowl which point to the North Star.  But follow the line they make in the opposite direction (south) about the same distance, and you'll find Leo
Its brightest star, Regulus is at the dot of the question mark.   It's actually a 3-star system with the blue-white main star about 140 times as bright as our sun, which is orbited by a pair of much fainter, much lower-mass red dwarfs.  There is also evidence of a 4th star, which has not been directly observed.

The head of the Lion is outlined by the Sickle, and its hindquarters by the triangle.  Just below the triangle is a pair of spiral galaxies, M65 and M66, which can be seen in a small telescope – like the ones the Discovery Center brings to its astronomy events.   Every November, the meteors in the Leonid meteor shower appear to be coming from the direction of Leo.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The DC Women's Hiking Group will hike Tues., May 8th and Thurs.. May 10th at a new location.
The open space off Hunt Lane which is off Rte 116 on the left hand side just after the New York state border. The open space is down a ways on the left hand side.
Meet at 9:30am.