Public invited to local observatory to gaze at the stars Friday

The Astronomical Society of New Haven will open the observatory to the public on Friday, April 24, starting at 7 p.m. at 111 Hilldale Road, Bethany.

Admission and parking are free.

All members of the family are welcome to look through the telescopes to have a closer look at the stars and planets. This month, telescopes will be pointed at a crescent moon where you can see the lunar terminator and shadows of the crater walls. We will also be looking at Jupiter with its four moons, Venus and the Beehive Star Cluster.

Members will also point out the constellations and satellite passes. Dress for cool weather. Directions and cancellation due to weather (including clouds) will be posted at or call 866-808-ASNH for more information.