AE22 Summer Sky Watch

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Thursday August 25

9:30 PM  –  10:30 PM

Summer Sky Watch

ONLINE | Thursday, August 25, 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Instructor: Stephan Martin

$12 Non-member (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.)

BRN Elective (1 hour)


Stargazing and social distancing come together to form a unique virtual stargazing community as we gather to explore the constellations, bright stars, planets and deep sky objects of the summer night sky with local astronomer Stephan Martin as our guide. For this audio-only class, all you need is a smartphone or mobile device, a free downloadable astronomy app, or an internet connection to join in via Zoom to enjoy the wonders of the night sky from the safety of your own stargazing location. Steve will point out some of the celestial wonders of the night sky most apparent in summertime in Southern Appalachia, including the Summer Triangle and the red supergiants Arcturus and Antares!


For a deeper dive into the spring night sky, combine this class with Treasures of the Summer Night Sky set for online earlier in the day on Thursday, August 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.


The Sky Watch is a live, interactive class and will NOT be recorded for later viewing.


Stephan Martin is an astronomer and educator who taught at colleges and universities for more than 25 years. He has lectured on light pollution and its effects on the environment and has offered stargazing and introductory astronomy workshops domestically and internationally. He was formerly the supervisor of the Williams College observatory, where he participated in research expeditions around the world to study and observe solar eclipses.

 ***Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.



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  • The synchronous sessions will be conducted online via Zoom in a live interactive format. Make sure your Zoom app is up to date. Please keep your microphone muted as you enter and respect the moderator and instructor's expressed wishes for taking questions or participating in discussions. 
  • Links for a recording of any online class will be sent via email or are posted on our online learning program Schoology within 1 to 3 business days following the class. Access to recorded classes will expire after 30 days.



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