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Starry Night Astronomy Program

August 10, 2017

Wayne Holmes runs the Starry Night Astronomy Program that allows people in the Nelson area the rare opportunity to explore the wonders of the night sky. You can view the sky through telescopes set up at Taghum Hall which is located in an area with a large sky view and little light interference.

Wayne Holmes
Wayne Holmes – Photo by Kirsten Hildebrand, Nelson Star

On select, usually moonless nights, Wayne sets up two Newtonian mirror telescopes and, as people view star clusters, planets, nebulae and galaxies, he briefly explains what the objects are, how they came to be, and what will happen to them in the future.

The Solar Sunday Program, that runs during the warmer days of late spring through to late fall, gives people the chance to view the Sun safely through two types of filtered telescopes on select Sunday afternoons. The chromium-nickel filtered telescope gives us details of sunspots, while the hydrogen-alpha solar telescope is used to examine flares, prominences, and the textured photosphere.

Schools, science camps and youth or seniors’ groups can arrange a night or daytime program at Taghum Hall or a location of their choice.

To be included on the Taghum Hall Starry Night email list and receive notice of viewing events plus an astronomical event calendar at the beginning of each month, or simply for more information, contact Wayne Holmes at sumfun@telus.net or 250-354-1586.

For current program schedule, contact the Taghum Hall Society at taghumhall@shaw.ca.


August 10, 2017
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