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49-51 Chambers Street, Room 715, New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-442-5050

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Eyes to the Sky, December 15 - 26, 2014

Winter Solstice: Sightseeing to the Silver Dollar Galaxy



Silver Dollar Galaxy                                           photo by Kent DeGroff


Winter solstice celebrations, whether religious services or festive gatherings, have evolved as community responses to the northern hemisphere tilting furthest from the sun, which, this year, occurs at 6:03pm Sunday the 21st. In our locale, the longest nights, shortest days of the year span from Friday the 19th through the 25th. Until the end of the month, the sun seems to "stand still" (solstice). Observe sunrise at its southernmost reach on the eastern horizon and watch the sun trace a shallow arc to its lowest noontime point in the sky, then set furthest southwest.


To mark the solstice, let's look into the darkness with astrophotographer Kent DeGroff whose image of the Silver Dollar Galaxy (NGC 253) appears herein. This exquisite photograph of a "nearby" galaxy was captured from southwest New Mexico, a dark sky hotbed of astronomy initiatives. DeGroff states that with the naked eye, in dark sky regions, "It is possible to see some of the objects that astronomical photography shows so impressively, such as the Andromeda Galaxy. It doesn't look like much, but you can see it -- and the thought that the light from it left the galaxy 2.5 million years ago is food for contemplation."


The Silver Dollar Galaxy, over 11 million light years away, is visible with binoculars in the early evening low in the southwest. Under dark skies, scan to the left of bright Fomalhaut, which is to the left of reddish Mars.


Welcome the New Year with Kent DeGroff's expansive vision: "The cosmos, for me, is a vast space to explore for both beauty and science. The beauty is self-evident.... The science is important to help understand the place humankind has in the universe and even in daily life."


Judy Isacoff

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