Comet Party—View The Green Comet!, The Institute

Comet Party—View The Green Comet!, The Institute

Attention all stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts!
The Institute and the TriState Astronomers (TSA) invite you to a Comet Party to view “The Green Comet” through the telescopes of the TSA at Pine Hill Recreation Area on two consecutive evenings—Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4 between 7:30 and 10 p.m.
The program is part of The Institute’s Naturalist Discovery Series.
In early February, comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)—nicknamed The Green Comet—will be around 26 million miles from Earth.
That is the closest it has come to our planet in the last 50,000 years!
The last time C/2022 E3 (ZTF) paid a visit was at the start of the Upper Paleolithic age, when homo sapiens first started moving out of Africa and into Asia and Eurasia.
You can bring your own telescopes and binoculars for the viewing experience, and/or use our big telescopes.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness the beauty of a comet up close.
This green-looking comet might also be visible without the need of a telescope or binoculars.
In addition to the comet, we will be looking at stars and features of the winter sky.
Participation is free and everyone is welcome.
The comet party can only happen if the sky is mostly clear.
Watch our website for updates if weather is questionable.
Star Party, The Institute

Star Party, The Institute

Monday December 5th, 2022 * 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Area residents are invited to a “star party,” a telescope viewing of the night sky at Pine Hill Recreation Area near Waynesboro.
The event, a partnership between The Institute and Tri-State Astronomers (TSA), is free and open to the public.
Telescopes will be set up in the park, and members of the Tri-State Astronomers club will be on hand to guide viewers and answer questions.
Event coordinator and TSA member, Andy Smetzer said, “One of the goals of our group is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope.
It’s also a good chance for someone thinking of buying a telescope to try one out and ask questions.”
“During the star party, we will be observing various nebula and star clusters of the winter night sky,” Smetzer said.
For more information on the night skies, Smetzer suggests these websites: www.tristateastronomers.org and www.spaceweather.com.
Viewers may come and go anytime during the event.
Those attending may bring their own telescope and binoculars, as well as lawn chairs or blankets.
Flashlights are not permitted in the telescope viewing area but may be used to reach the area from the parking lot.
Free
(Cloud date TBA if needed—check website if cloudy)
Pine Hill Recreation Area