There are many stories about the constellation we call Orion. Some people look up and see Orion the great hunter or archer who is fighting the nearby constellation, Taurus the Bull. Orion carries a club and a shield, and has a sword through his belt. Other people look up and see something totally different. For the Pawnee Indians of the
The hunter Orion has a faithful companion in his dog Sirius, another constellation itself, known as Canis Major. Sirius is the brightest star in our skies, second only to our sun. It is blue-white and appears to sparkle when it is near the horizon because of the angle of its light passing through our atmosphere.
If you, like me, are fascinated by the mysteries of our night sky, join me at VINS as we present Looking to the Stars, a series of astronomy programs. We’ll delve into the depths of outer space and explore constellations, distant galaxies and planets. Under clear skies, we’ll be stargazing. Stories and interactive activities for all ages take place whether cloudy or clear. The first program takes place on Jan. 22 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Future dates for Looking to the Stars include Feb. 12 and March 12. Pre-registration requested. The cost is $10 for VINS members, $12 for non-members. For registration and cancellation due to extreme winter weather, call (802) 359-5000, ext. 223