Winter Stargazing at Kopernik

By Michelle Costanza

Winter Stargazing at Kopernik

January 19, 2013 Updated Jan 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Astronomers say that Winter is the perfect season for stargazing due to the longer and colder nights.

"Colder air is not able to hold as much water vapor as warm air, keeping the air drier, and sometimes clearer," said Kopernik Programs Coordinator Roy Williams.

Families packed the Kopernick Observatory on Friday night to get a first-hand look through the telescopes, hoping to catch a glance of the famous winter constellations, including Orion, Gemini, and Taurus the bull.

In a presentation for the public, almost all aspects of winter skies were explained; from the tilt of the earth and reason for seasons, to winter weather patterns.

In addition, many astronomers are keeping an eye on what may be considered the "Comet of the Century," a comet that is predicted to appear as bright as the full moon when it shoots across the sky this October.

Third and fourth grade students were given a lesson on moon phases, and hot chocolate was served to help cut the chill in the air.