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Astronomical Society to stargaze Nov. 12

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Stargazers can take a tour of the universe during the York County Astronomical Society's public Starwatch from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the observatory in John C. Rudy County Park. 

The evening will begin with a presentation about the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope and other astronomy topics. 

Guests will be guided on a tour of the sky through one of the club’s telescopes. Those attending will be shown a host of celestial objects, including Jupiter and Saturn. 

John Torres, 9, looks through a specialized telescope at the sun as Reece Kreeger also 9, and Daniel Smith, left, wait their turn, as Ron Bolton, a member of the York County Astronomical Society, shows students at Wrightsville Elementary School how to view the planet Mercury as it passes in front of the sun, Monday May 9, 2016. Mercury makes the transit every eight years on average with the last in 2006 with the next in 2019. Venus is the only other planet in our solar system to pass between the Earth and the sun with the next transit in 2117.
John A. Pavoncello photo

If you have a telescope and aren’t sure how to use it, bring it to the observatory and gain some knowledge from experts who do. 

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The event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. The park is located at 400 Mundis Race Road in East Manchester Township.  

In the event of extreme weather, call 717-759-YCAS (9227) for notice of cancellation, or visit www.astroyork.com or the York County Astronomical Society page on Facebook.