Recreation Department 
Barrington, Rhode Island

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  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023
  • 6:30 PM (UTC-04:00)
  • 405 New Meadow Road, Barrington
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Have you ever looked up at the nighttime sky and wondered what it all means?  What is that bright star?  Is that really another planet?  In this “hands on” course, you will develop a better understanding of our universe and a familiarity with the night sky.  The emphasis is upon getting out under the stars and visually observing using a combination of naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes ranging from small to large professional systems.  Weather permitting, you will typically view satellites, constellations, planets and their moons, asteroids, a comet, stars and star clusters, nebula, distant galaxies, quasars and more. 

Pete Peterson, an experienced astronomer, teaches this course.  The class is designed for the adult beginner, and will be held at Wishing Star Observatory ( (tel: 401-458-8611) at 405 New Meadow Road in Barrington. 

This is a private observatory and due to COVID concerns Pete has limited class size to 8 fully vaccinated stargazers. Masks may be required.

WHO: Adults and high school age young adult

WHERE: Wishing Star Observatory ( (tel: 401-458-8611) at 405 New Meadow Road in Barrington

WHEN: Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm. First class meets September 19th and runs for 5 successive weeks.

FEE: $75 Barrington Residents/ $90 Non-Residents (to add a high school age young adult, increase fee $20*) Prices include a $5 nonrefundable processing fee.

*An unattended student pays the full adult price.  If the student attends with a parent, the parent pays the full adult price plus $20 fee for the accompanying student.

Recreation Department
Peck Center
281 County Road

Barrington, RI 02806


Senior Services

Peck Center for Adult Enrichment
281 County Road

Barrington, RI 02806

401-247-1926 ext 201

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