Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ansonia Nature Center to host tribute to astronomer

ANSONIA - The Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center will host A Tribute to John Dobson at 7 p.m. March 8.

Bob Carruthers, Andy Poniros and other members of the New Haven Astronomical Society will present a program at the center to honor the late astronomer John Dobson.

He was an international figure who died in January at 98 after a life spent doing more to encourage amateur astronomers than anyone else.

Carruthers, who knew Dobson well, said he was a Buddhist monk, who having made a telescope out of recycled materials looked at the moon and was amazed by what he saw.
Carruthers said Dobson vowed that everyone, not just scientists, should be able to experience the night sky.

Dobson founded the "San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers" and during his lifetime, traveled widely, including going to many national parks to present programs on astronomy.

March 8 has been declared "Sidewalk Astronomy Day." Carruthers will show a film, "A Sidewalk Astronomer," about Dobson's life and work.
After the film, Carruthers, Poniros and other members of the New Haven Astronomical Society who knew Dobson will share memories of him.

Weather permitting, the audience will then go outside to observe the night sky, quite possibly through
Dobsonian telescopes"that Dobson invented.

To register for this free program call 203-736-1053.
The nature center is at 10 Deerfield Road.

This is a press release from the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center.

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