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I took a trip through our solar system today in about an hour and a half

The solar systemI took a trip through our solar system today in about an hour and a half. I did take along my camera to share what I found along the way!

Not only can you travel through the solar system in New Milford, CT, but did you know we have a world class observatory here too? The John J. McCarthy Observatory, located on the grounds of New Milford High School on Rt. 7, was dedicated and turned over to the New Milford Board of Education on December 2, 2000. The observatory is open to the public as well as to the students of New Milford, CT, with no charge for its use. The observatory also is fully equipped for the disabled. There are 3 telescopes, a weather station, video cameras, a film camera, CCD cameras, an adaptive optics unit and much more!

John J McCarthy Observatory


On November 15th, 2009, the John J. McCarthy Observatory in New Milford, CT put up a Scale Solar System. I started at Schaghtichoke Middle School with the representation of our galexy and ended up with the sun just outside the John J. McCarthy Observatory. What great fun it was and I got some good shots of our solar system. There are driving directions at the observatory website, as well as more information on the display.

I learned some things I never knew, I relearned things I forgot such as, poor Pluto is no longer a plant, but a plutoid. How about that? And in case you were wondering, I did see a few UFO's, but as always my camera was not ready. Maybe next time!

I do plan to get to the observatory to "observe" the skies over New Milford, CT soon and report back. In the meantime, please enjoy my slide show of my trip through our solar system!

 

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 28 commentsAndrea Swiedler • January 17 2010 07:44PM

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This would be a fun place to explore!  Thanks for sharing your photos.  Your post reminded me of the Planetarium I use to visit at a local college......fun times!  I need to check that place out again.

Have a great week!

Ann

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 9 years ago

Sounds like a great time.  The city high school has a planetarium that no longer gets used.  Such a waste of a great resource. 

Posted by Jason Howe (Prudential Bob Yost Homesale Services) about 9 years ago

Andrea: Looks like a fun and informational afternoon!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Andrea,...

I love everything about space, and this looks like a great observatory! How cool to have all of that in your neighborhood!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 9 years ago

Ann, I really do want to go to the observatory. I always forget, I was hoping this post would remind me, LOL.

Jason, it really was pretty interesting. Next is the observatory!

Tony & Darcy, it was both those things!

Richard, it is very cool, isn't it. Live long and prosper my dear friend. There is nothing more exciting than imagining what is out there. I am a space nut myself.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Andrea, sounds like a place well worth visiting.

It is humiliating enough to lose a job, but can you imagine how devastating it had to for poor Pluto to one day come spinning around the sun and find out that you had been demoted from a Plant but a plutoid and your name does not even begin with a capital letter any more :) :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 9 years ago

Andrea this sounds like a fun place to visit.  Here I was thinking you were one of these super rich person who could buy a seat into outer space....:)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 9 years ago

George, LOL now that is funny! You and the wife should plan a trip to the observatory in the summertime!

Jennifer, LOL, not quite. :D  It is pretty cool, I enjoyed myself. And they are easy to find if you have the sheet telling you were to look.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Hi Andrea ~ What a cool installation! Astronomy was one of my favorite college classes. The observatory sounds like a great idea for a day trip.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 9 years ago

I always think it's fun when adults get a chance to learn like kids again.  Poor Pluto.  I always liked the name Pluto better than Uranus lol.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Liz, the observatory is about 1/4 mile south of my office on the opposite side of the street, LOL.

Jenny, someone stole "Uranus" just after it was installed. LOL, a woman found it on her front lawn and called the Mayor. It was returned. You just have to know it was a bunch of kids being cute, LOL. I stole Uranus.. what more is there to say? It made a big splash in the papers when it was stolen and when it was returned. I am sure the kids meant no harm and they are still laughing. All's well that ends well. Even with Uranus...

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

You DID take a trip . . . and in the c-c-c-c-c-c-c-COLD too!! 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 9 years ago

Carla, yes indeed, but outer space is cold... what can I say!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

OMG - Too funny - I can just see the headlines in the papers "Uranus goes missing"

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Andrea, glad you took a day off to do something fun, still share it with us.  It seems like a cool place to visit.  Very nice pictures, and I see you still have some snow hanging around.  We were at the teen temperature last Sunday, guess what, we will be 62 degree tomorrow, isn't it crazy?

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) about 9 years ago

Jenny, exactly, LOL. And that is exactly what prompted me to write this post! Got my attention, what can I say! My 30 year old daughter and I couldn't stop laughing, she said of course it was stolen. I hope they got it out of their systems, and it was good that they made sure it got back. But.... yep, you are so right!

Rita, it was an hour and a half of fun, then work, then a not to nice trip to the train station to pick up hubby. Snowed, sleet, freezing rain, icky slick weather. Now just rain, the weather is crazy as can be.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Hi Andrea,

What an intriguing observatory and an excellent presentation of an important site in your community. Glad to see you took some time off to explore something right there close to your office..I have 2 grandsons that would love to see this place!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 9 years ago

Good Morning Andrea-What a great way to spend an hour and a half. I love looking at all that stuff. It is fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Andrea, this post is out of this world!! Looks like a great place to learn about space and see it up close!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) about 9 years ago

That's so very cool Andrea. And I love your slideshow too!

Now that you're back, did you discover any signs of intelligent life out there?!!!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

What fun, Andrea - I would love to do that! It would be very interesting :)

Debi

Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 9 years ago

Andrea - Celestrial bodies have always been a fascination of mine!  I must admit that I have never been to a "real" observatory.  I thought I was going to one once, but it turned out it was nothing more than a dome shaped building with projections being thrown on the ceiling. . .Boy was I disappointed!  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 9 years ago

Andrea,

Very cool post!  Thank you for sharing it!

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) about 9 years ago

Andrea - Wow.  You're just as high tech as the observatory!  Great slide show presentation!  ...but even more impressive...an observatory at the High School?!  That is unbelievable.  We're lucky to have a library out here.  Thanks!

Posted by Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake (Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho) about 9 years ago

Dorie, isn't it wonderful that we have this here? And I think the solar system is fantastic!

Hi Sharon, you have a wonderful week also, thank you!

LOL Caren, thanks! It really was fun.

Craig, if I had photoshop I would show you what I found, LOL. :X

Debi, I am trying to get some people together to go with me.

Myrl, I have never been to a real observatory either, so that should make a great post!

Hi Ann in Wildwood, thank you!

Kent, LOL, isn't that amazing that it is there for the high school students? I am excited to go and find out what it is like inside.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

The solar system model is quite unique. It puts a perspective on how massive the solar system is.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jim, if you are up this way again you should stop and look at a few of them. It is amazing that they did the scale model here in town. The planets etc are set the correct distance apart and the models are the right size, to scale of course. Very cool stuff!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

How very cool. February is free museum month here in Balboa Park, so I'm planning on making a few museums this month that I haven't been to before.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 9 years ago

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