Monday night at Lake Ella, the Tallahassee Astronomical Society was out with some serious telescopes to view the conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter. In the last month, the planets and Moon have become more and more visible.
The society says local schools are giving students credit for participating in the night of observation to expand their knowledge of the final frontier.
Ken Kopscynski, President of the Tallahassee Astronomical Society said, "When you come out here and you start seeing things that are 2.5 million light years away and realize that what you're looking at is where it was and not where it is and some of the other objects--you really start understanding your place in the universe."
With 2009 approaching, T.A.S. says it is looking forward to the international year of astronomy celebrating Galileo's viewing of Jupiter 400 years ago. T.A.S says for 2009, they are partnering with Leon County Schools to buy telescopes for Middle Schools to explore the night time sky. The Society is looking for contributions and support--if you would like to help out, click the convenient link below for contact information.