Country School’s Astronomy Night a Stellar Success

The Country School hosted its inaugural Astronomy Night on March 2 with over 200 guests coming to campus to learn about the wonders of the night sky. The event began during the school day as Laurie Averill from the the Astronomical Society of New Haven led students on a scaled walk of the solar system. As night fell, members of the Astronomical Society assembled four high-powered telescopes for visitors to peer at the craters in the moon, Jupiter, and Venus. Country School families and members of the public also came equipped with binoculars and telescopes and shared their views with each other. The event was truly a friendraiser: RJ Julia was on hand selling books about stars and planets for young and experienced readers, Taco Pacifico provided dinner, and student volunteers sold hot cocoa in front of a blazing fire pit to keep people warm. For those too cold to remain outdoors, Wesleyan University astronomy students Hannah Lewis, Kyle McGregor, and Alaina Einsig set up a portable planetarium in DeFrancis Gymnasium and provided guests with mini-lessons about the solar system and beyond. The event was a stellar success and we are already planning next year’s Astronomy Night, one that will coincide with a solar eclipse. 
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.