Guests to the Spooky Walk planned at the Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY, on Friday, October 24, 6-9 p.m. can take a break from the frightful festivities by viewing the wonders of the night sky, courtesy of Hofstra University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Dr. Donald Lubowich, coordinator of astronomy outreach at Hofstra, and members of the Amateur Observers’ Society of New York will be on hand with equipment from a NASA outreach grant, including 10 telescopes, exhibits, hands-on activities and a multimedia presentation. Guests will get close-up views of the planets, colorful double stars, and star clusters that sparkle like diamonds on black velvet.
There is no additional charge for Spooky Walk participants to take part in the star gazing. More information on the Spooky Walk, including admission fees and activities, is available at Clarkbotanic.org.
Rain date for the star gazing is Saturday, October 25.
Dr. Lubowich is also hosting a Stars on Sundays event on Sunday, November 2, from 6-8 p.m. Families are invited to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, star clusters, nebulae and double stars from the telescopes situated at the Hofstra Observatory, located on the 4th floor of Berliner Hall, California Avenue & Huntington Place. The program begins with a presentation about the sky in room 117. There is no fee, but attendance is limited. It is suggested that those interested register in advance at hofstra.edu/astronomy. (Signing up does not guarantee attendance. Those registered will be notified should RSVPs exceed the limit allowed.)