Land Trust reaches for the stars at Earth Day event

Rick Bria adjusts the telescope for Jupiter viewing, while Greenwich Land Trust stewardship staff member Matt Spinner and Conservation Council co-chair Karen Marache are in the background.

Rick Bria adjusts the telescope for Jupiter viewing, while Greenwich Land Trust stewardship staff member Matt Spinner and Conservation Council co-chair Karen Marache are in the background.

Stargazers and planet savers united for a recent weekend-long Earth Day celebration, hosted by the Greenwich Land Trust.

More than 50 people gathered to close out their Earth Day weekend under clear skies on a beautiful spring evening. Children enjoyed twilight hayrides through the meadow and the weather provided optimum conditions for viewing the night sky.

Two rehabilitated screech owls were released into the night by Wildlife in Crisis founder Dara Reid and high-powered telescopes were provided by astronomer Rick Bria and the Astronomical Society of Greenwich.

Stargazers enjoyed roasting marshmallows, eating savory s’mores and catching a glimpse of Jupiter with four moons visible, Saturn with its rings, and an up-close, intimate view of the moon. A binary star was also spotted and the international space station made two visible appearances during the evening.

“Looking out at the sky and at the bigger picture helps us connect to our planet and as we celebrate Earth Day,” said Land Trust Conservation Council co-chair Karen Marache. “Enjoying the outdoors with friends and family and feeling awed by the power of nature — it makes us feel grateful to call the Earth our home.”

To learn more about the Greenwich Land Trust, visit gltrust.org.

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© Hersam Acorn. All rights reserved. The Greenwich Post, 10 Corbin Drive, Floor 3, Darien, CT 06820

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress