Astronomical Terminology: What Does it All Mean?

08-04-2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
MacKay Gardens
Address: MACKAY GARDENS AND LAKESIDE PRESERVE, Mackay Boulevard, Lake Alfred, FL, United States

On August 4, 2018, we’ll be at Mackay Garden & Lakeside Preserve in Lake Alfred, FL for our next Astronomy Night. Our presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 pm, so be sure to get there on time to make sure you get a seat. Remember, we’re inside for the presentation, so the weather can’t stop us.

Many people ask us about various astronomy/astronomical terminologies. Words like Right Ascension & Declination, Celestial sphere, Celestial coordinates, Zodiac & Zodiacal light, Alt-Az, Parsec, Light Year, and Celestial pole; and the list goes on. Then there are the different types of telescopes. There are optical telescopes: refractors and reflectors. And there are different types of refractors and reflectors. Then there are telescopes which “see” in X-ray and ultra violet light. Solar telescopes use filters to “see” the Sun in varying wavelengths of light to see different aspects of the Sun. So, what do these words mean? Well, let’s take some time to explore these. In the coming weeks, we’ll not only define these words, but give you some educational information. And it will be entertaining. We’ll also have some free astronomy related stuff for the kids