Millsboro library offering chance to see the stars
“But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote.
The joys of a starlit sky will be explained and explored by astronomer Kevin Manning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, when he presents “Look Up to the Stars” at the Millsboro Public Library. The program is designed for those 8 or older.
Manning, speaking by phone from his office in Florida, told the Coastal Point that the program is important, in part, because this year marks the 50th anniversary of man first landing on the moon. Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, as the first human to do so, on July 16, 1969.
“There’s a lot of talk about the impact of that and where we’re going in the future, so I’m going to be addressing those things, about the universe, from the very small to the very large and everything in between, an overview of the universe. The purpose is to excite interest and promote science literacy in the general public and to help them understand things about the universe, and space travel,” said Manning, who has been a consultant for NASA and applied to be an astronaut.
If the sky is clear Saturday night, those attending will be able to see Jupiter and the rings of Saturn through a powerful telescope.
“Seeing the rings of Saturn has changed people’s lives. It changed mine. It just did something to me. At age 8 it made such an impact. I just became fascinated,” Manning said.
Lisa Wootten, library clerk, said a lot of children “may not be fully aware that if you stand in the same spot and look at the night sky, you don’t always see the same thing all year long.”
“So, we will have them come in December and March and June, and kids can record their observations,” she said.
The program, an extension of the library’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge: “A Universe of Stories,” is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is needed.
By Susan Canfora