President of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford coming to Manross Library

Published on Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:32


BRISTOL – The President of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford will be coming to Manross Library Sept. 19 to discuss the recent images captured by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.

The free program will be held at 2 p.m. at the library at 260 Central St. Chris Markiewicz, president of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford, will be going over the first images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, which were released by NASA on July 12.

The telescope, which was launched on Dec. 25 2021, has captured high definition images of the Carina Nebula, a young star forming region, Stephan's quintet, a grouping of five galaxies, the Southern Ring Nebula, and more.

Teresa Goulden, supervisor of branch services at Manross Memorial Library, said that Markiewicz will lend his astronomical expertise to further explain the beautiful images captured by the advanced telescope.

“People are very curious to take a look at these beautiful images,” she said. “The James Webb Telescope is capturing images that allow us to see space in ways that we’ve never seen before. NASA is just starting to release them to the public and there is a lot of buzz about them. It gives you a whole different perspective on your place in the universe.”

According to the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford’s website, the organization is “a group of amateur astronomers interested in observing, imaging and studying the wonders of the heavens.” The group participates in public education in astronomy through its public observing program and outreach events.

Member meeting are held online on the third Wednesday of the month from September through May. The group also holds public observations at the Van Vleck Observatory at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

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Registration is required for the program at Manross Library.

People can register at Manross Memorial Library, by visiting or by calling 860-584-7790.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville on Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:32. Updated: Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:34.