WESTPORT, Conn. – Professor and Westport Astronomical Society board member Kevin Green will lead a community build of two prototype telescopes in the Westport Library’s MakerSpace weekdays after 5 p.m. starting Monday.
Members of the public are invited to help with the construction. Additionally, every Wednesday in June beginning June 8, a telescope will be available for general viewing in the library’s upper parking lot from 6-9 p.m.
If the prototyping goes according to plan, several automated telescopes will then be placed in various Westport locations and will be available for astronomy enthusiasts to view objects and events in space, which can be recorded, downloaded and potentially used for “citizen science” data collection.
As part of the Westport Library’s bi-monthly Maker-in-Residence series, Westport Library cardholders and members of the Westport Astronomical Society will have access to a website that will allow users to reserve a telescope to observe any point above the horizon or selected objects. During times when community demand is low, the Community Telescope Array (the 5-6 available telescopes) will record asteroid occultations, or shadows of asteroids on Earth’s surface as they pass in front of more distant stars.
The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road.