2011 Astronomy Season Begins at Town Creek Indian Mound
The 2011 astronomy season at Town Creek Indian Mound begins Saturday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.
The crisp, cold air of January nights offers some of the best viewing of the winter skies above. And with a moonless night, the stars will shine even brighter for skywatchers.
The planet Jupiter will be the brightest "star" shining in the night sky near the constellation Pisces, the Fishes. Pisces is one of the oldest constellations in the sky and represents two fish fleeing, one toward the western horizon and one northward. When the sun is positioned in the zodiacal constellation of Pisces, it signals the vernal equinox or first day of spring.
Monthly astronomy events at Town Creek Indian Mound are free and open to the public. Those interested in participating are encouraged to bring personal telescopes and binoculars. The site will have its own telescopes on hand for observation. Participants may bring blankets or chairs for outside viewing and are advised to dress for the weather. Registration for this event is required by calling (910) 439-6802 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The historic site is located on Town Creek Mound Road approximately five miles east of Mt. Gilead.
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