Look at the stars – and planets – attracts crowd to UPEI

By Rebecca Moase

Sept. 30, 2015

Jane Vickery was hooked from the moment she saw Saturn through a telescope.

The Cornwall resident has been a member of astronomy clubs since 2001. She and her husband have their own telescopes. They enjoy taking part in star observation parties.

“You meet a lot of people and you see a lot of different scopes.”

She and her daughter attended the International Observe the Moon event hosted at UPEI on Sept. 19.

“It’s a get-together of everyone who loves watching the stars and the moon.”

Jane Vickery looks at Saturn through her telescope during International Observe the Moon night hosted at UPEI on Sept. 19. Rebecca Moase photo.
Jane Vickery looks at Saturn through her telescope during International Observe the Moon night hosted at UPEI on Sept. 19. Rebecca Moase photo.

Megan Glover teaches astronomy at UPEI. She organized the event at UPEI.

Observe the Moon Night is an international event to get people interested in astronomy, Glover said.

“Sometimes they’ve never looked through a telescope before.”

Approximately 40-50 people attended the event, she said.

“That’s on the large side for us.”

The astronomy club’s last several events have been cancelled because of cloudy and stormy weather, she said.

“April 2014 was our last successful event.”

It has been hard to observe the past few years, Vickery said.

“You need a clear night.”

She sets her telescope up in her back yard. The sky will be clear when she leaves to get her telescope from her car, and by the time it is set up it will be cloudy, she said.

“It takes five minutes to set up.”

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