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6/21/2019 - The Rutledge Summer Series: A Universe of Stories Presents The History of Astronomy on July 18, 2019

On Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 6-8pm, join us for this continuation of our space-themed summer series with this lecture on the history of astronomy by guest speaker Denis Williamson.

It seems that every month there's a major discovery in astronomy. In April an image - not a simulation - of a black hole and its surrounding environment was released. There are rovers on Mars and the Moon, orbiters at Jupiter and Mars, spacecraft visiting asteroids and telescopes in space. This is really a golden age for astronomy. This talk covers the history of our understanding of the world and the sky from ancient times to today. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required - just curiosity.

After the main talk there will be brief talk called, "What's up tonight", describing the objects visible at this time of year. Copies of this month's Skymap will be handed out.

Denis Williamson is Secretary of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club, which has been looking up since 1956. When the "indifferent skies of Connecticut" permit, Denis enjoys looking at the Sun and planets. On warm windy days he's often sailing on Bantam Lake.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. The Rutledge Summer Series was made possible by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.