Monday, September 29, 2014

The DC Women's Hiking Group will meet at Bennetts Pond this week on Tues., Sept. 30th and Thurs., Oct. 2nd.
From Rt. 7 head North towards Danbury.
Bennetts Farm Rd. will be on the left.
Follow Bennetts Farm Rd. to parking area on right and signage for the Park.
Meet at 8:30am.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The DC Women's Hiking Group will hike this week, Tuesday, Sept. 23rd and Thursday, Sept. 25th at Tarrywille Park in Danbury.

From I-84 take the airport exit.
At end of ramp turn right.
Follow through traffic lights and at stop sign turn onto Southern Blvd. ( It will be a sharp right turn).
Follow small brown signs for Tarrywile Park.
The park will be on the right, across from Immaculate H.S.
Meet in lower parking lot at 8:30am.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The DC Women's Hiking Group will meet at Topstone Park in Redding on Tues., Sept., 16th and Thurs., Sept. 18th.

Take Topstone Rd. off of Rt. 7.
Follow road over RR tracks until it becomes a dirt road.
Shortly after, a parking area will be on the right side of the road.
Meet at 8:30am.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The DC Women's Hiking Group will meet Tues., Sept. 9th and Thurs., Sept. 11th at Lake Windwing.
Now that the children are back at school, come join us for a hike!
Take Rt. 35 to the traffic light at Limestone Rd.
Turn left on to Limestone Rd.
Follow Limestone, it will turn into Bennetts Farm Rd.
Follow to across from Ridgebury Elementary School and turn right on to South Shore Dr.
Turn left into baseball field and parking area.
Meet at 8:30am.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sept. 2014 Constellation of the Month - Sagittarius

We can use our either our July constellation of the month -- the Summer Triangle --  or our August constellation -- Scorpius --  to find our September constellation of the month – Sagittarius.  The Summer Triangle points south to a spot just east of the teapot-shaped Sagittarius, which, in turn, is just east of Scorpius.  Sagittarius is easy to recognize, being compact in shape and comprised of moderately bright stars.
Sagittarius is unique in at least one respect: when you look in the direction of Sagittarius, you are looking toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.  Not surprisingly, the band of the Milky Way appears brightest in that direction.  
The center of our galaxy is about 27,000 light years from the Earth – or 27,000 times 6 trillion miles.  At the center is a super-huge black hole with a mass of about 4 million of our Suns.  It is constantly adding to its mass by sucking in everything which is "nearby" by astronomical standards, including stars, nebulae and other black holes.
 Sagittarius has several nebulae and star clusters which can be seen in small telescopes, such as those we use in Discovery Center astronomy events.  The most famous of these are the spectacular Lagoon Nebula (below), the Omega Nebula and the Trifid Nebula.


Monday, September 1, 2014

The DC Women's Hiking Group will hike Tues., Sept. 2nd and Thurs., Sept. 4th at
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 8:30am.