AE22 Treasures of the Summer Night Sky

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Thursday August 25

1:00 PM  –  2:30 PM


Treasures of the Summer Night Sky

ONLINE | Thursday, August 25, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Stephan Martin

$35 Adult Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.)

BRN Elective | NCEE Criteria III***


Join us for an exploration of the treasures of the night sky as we discover the constellations, bright stars, planets, and deep sky objects that are most apparent in summertime in Southern Appalachia, including the Summer Triangle and the red supergiants Arcturus and Antares! During this online class, astronomer and physicist Stephan Martin takes us through the basic use of planispheres and star charts to find our way around the night sky and learn about some of the rich collections of objects that are visible to the naked eye or with binoculars and small telescopes.


The class registration includes the Summer Sky Watch, a unique virtual stargazing event that you can enjoy from your own back yard later the same night. 


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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  • Classes in Adult & Continuing Education Programs are designed for adults ages 18 and older regardless of the format (online or in person). 
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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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