We received the following message from Frosty Drew Observatory When: Saturday, December 13, all night Where: Frosty Drew Observatory, in Ninigret Park, Charlestown A fabulous night of shooting stars and frigid temps as the fabled Geminid Meteor Shower peak is coming to the skies over planet Earth. Producing upwards of 120 meteors per hour under […]
The Providence Journal announced the winners of their photo contest in Sunday’s newspaper. Second place in the “places” category went to “Milky Way over Frosty Drew Observatory” by Scott MacNeill. It’s a beautiful photo of our even more beautiful Charlestown night sky. Check it out at the Providence Journal website. It’s the sixth photograph in […]
If you’re looking for a book to read this summer, pick up a copy or ask the library to order Paul Bogard’s new book, “The End of Night.” Below is an excellent online NPR radio interview with the author if you want to learn more about the topic. Click on arrow in the red box […]
Where: Frosty Drew Observatory When: Friday May 23, 2014 9:00 p.m. Cost: $5 Suggested Donation Join us on Memorial Day weekend 2014 as we welcome the Meridian Project to Frosty Drew Observatory. Performing “Comets and Meteor Showers”, the Meridian Project will captivate all in attendance with an evening of performances under the stars. Performances will […]
This week, April 20–26, 2014, is International Dark Sky Week International Dark Sky Week is a global effort to get people to appreciate the skies above them. Charlestown is lucky to have the darkest skies in Rhode Island and we are one of the darkest spots along the Atlantic Coast from Florida into rural Maine. […]
Enjoy the beauty of the sky a little bit more by learning a little bit more about astronomy. For three Saturday afternoons, Frosty Drew Astronomer Francine Jackson will introduce you to the early history of the universe, have you travel through the solar system, and then step off toward the stars, and beyond. Each two-hour […]
University of Rhode Island Planetarium Upper College Road Kingston, RI Friday, January 17th 6:00 and 7:00 P.M. Black Holes are one of the most amazing objects in our sky. Much has been written about them, but they still remain one of the most questioned topics in astronomy. What are they? Where do they come from? […]
The website of Frosty Drew Observatory recently published a story that should be of interest to all those who love star filled skies. Since the lighting ordinance passed in Charlestown over a year ago, astronomers at Frosty Drew are beginning to detect improvements to our dark skies. Read the full post at Frosty Drew Observatory […]
Enjoy A Starry Tale at the University of Rhode Island Planetarium University of Rhode Island Planetarium Kingston Campus Upper College Road Friday, December 13th 6:00 and 7:00 P.M. On Friday, December 13th, the University of Rhode Island Planetarium will present the program A Starry Tale. This planetarium program, a presentation of the Japanese optical company […]
Frosty Drew Observatory Ninigret Park Charlestown, RI Beginning at dusk On Saturday, October 12th, Frosty Drew Observatory will join with hundreds of other facilities around the world for a night dedicated to observing our closest neighbor, the Moon, the International Observe the Moon Night. In its waxing gibbous phase this evening, this is a great […]
University of Rhode Island Planetarium Upper College Road Kingston, RI Friday, September 13, 2013 6:00 and 7:00 P.M. As the new season of fall begins, thoughts turn to the beautiful colors of the turning leaves. But, how are we able to view these varied colors? What causes them? Cosmic Colors, an introduction to the way […]
At the August 22 public hearing at the Charlestown Elementary School the Town Council voted to approve the acquisition for open space of land where two utility scale wind turbines with a blade tip height of approximately 410 feet are proposed. There were also two different housing proposals still pending on the land, one for over […]
Two utility scale wind turbines with a blade tip height of approximately 410 feet are proposed for land that has been considered for open space acquisition since 2000. Now at long last, the owner is willing to sell the land for conservation. There will a Public Hearing on the acquisition at 7:00 pm, Thursday, August […]
Guest Post by Michael Chambers ————– Recently the Providence Journal posted a photo of the United States at night as seen from satellite imagery. If you are interested in seeing a video of the world at night go to: www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media id=156524031
Saturday, September 22, 2012 is this year’s International Observe the Moon Night, and Frosty Drew Observatory will join thousands of similar facilities around the world in spotlighting our nearest neighbor, the Moon. That night, the 1st quarter Moon will be in perfect position to give up-close views of the Moon. However, we will expand the Moon Night to Friday, September 21st, also, because we have a special treat for all who wish to learn more about this beautiful part of our sky.
On the agenda this week in town meetings are the following highlights: On Monday, August, 20, The Town Council will hold their monthly meeting. On their agenda: Chris Fox, the Executive Director, Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association will make a presentation describing what steps have been taken to clear the Pawcatuck River in Charlestown for recreational […]
Sea Star Marketplace (Arts, fine crafts, and antiques). Photographs, paintings, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, cast and blown glass vessels, woodworking, shell creations, garden accessories, tile work, copper fountains, t-shirts, and antique duck decoys are some of the items that will be on display and for sale.
information about our large sale of art, fine crafts, and antiques that will take place in Charlestown’s Ninigret Park on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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During the past two years, the Town of Charlestown has avoided being hit by several dangerous missiles. We are not talking ordnance, but some pretty sloppy political ploys to benefit friends of the CDTC and members of the CDTC themselves. With the help and encouragement of a “Republican” Town Councilor, these missiles nearly hit pay dirt.
Summer is heating up and the number of events on the CCA Bulletin Board is increasing with the warmer weather.
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The General Assembly closed out the 2012 legislative session WITHOUT passing the Dry Lands Bill!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to email or call legislators. We covered the bill at our website. The legislation was opposed by the Charlestown Town Council and Planning Commission and by similar boards from many other towns and many other organizations. The legislation is introduced yearly and each year it is strong opposition that stops passage. The legislation is bad for the environment and would cause our taxes to increase.
One of the planks in the Progressive Democrats’ national platform is concern for the environment. That is why it is incomprehensible that our local Democrats would want to support activities and projects in the park that disrupt and endanger wildlife in the neighboring wildlife refuge.
Get ready to Observe a Last-in-a-Lifetime Event, a Transit of the Planet Venus at Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory. The Transit of Venus will be held at 4 p.m. on June 5, 2015, in Ninigret Park. There will be activities and food will be available.
The proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) doesn’t give power to the Federal Government. The Federal Government has all the power it needs. An MOU is about information sharing between the Town and Wildlife Biologists.
On June 5th, 2012, the planet Venus will do something it will not do again for over a century: Pass directly across the face of the Sun. This phenomenon occurs only four times every 243 years, so this is a sight that you might want to mark on your calendars.
Town Administrator Fails To Tell Town Council/Public About Government Letters There is so much to report so we’ll send the update over the next few days. Lighting Ordinance Town Council President Tom Gentz told the audience that the 70′ tall Sports lighting proposed for Ninigret Park could not be part of the lighting ordinance discussion, […]
Interested in how proposed lighting in Ninigret Park might look? Then join Town Council Vice President Dan Slattery tonight for a site visit Old Mountain Field, located at 831 Kingstown Road (Route 108), in Wakefield (South Kingstown), to view state-of-the-art lighting of their sports fields. The field uses Musco Lighting. The lights will be operated […]
Lots to do this weekend and beyond Sunday afternoon blues benefit concert with Roomful of Blues It may be cold outside on Sunday, but RI’s award-winning Roomful of Blues will be turning up the heat for the Charlestown Land Trust at a special “Get-rid-of-the-winter blues Benefit Concert.” The five-time Grammy nominee band will be playing […]
When: Thursday December 15 and Saturday December 17, both at 7 p.m.
Where: USFWS Kettle Pond Visitors Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, Rhode Island
There are still opportunities to see this new feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. The film leads viewers on a quest to understand how light pollution is affecting people and the planet. The film asks a simple question: what do we lose when we lose the night? Those who know Charlestown’s stars might ask what will Rhode Island lose if we lose the last beautiful oasis of dark along our Atlantic coast?