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Make a sky camera at the Westport Library

In a series of workshops at the Westport Library during March, MIT graduate and electronics enthusiast Ed Kalin will work with participants to create an all-sky camera capable of taking a 360-degree image of the sky.

The process will involve experimentation with many electronics, including a Raspberry Pi and video camera, and also PVC tubes and other low-cost materials. Participants will be able to question and add their ideas to the design and building process, which will culminate with a demonstration of the finished all-sky camera. If there is interest, a workshop will also be planned for participants to buy the materials and make their own all-sky camera.

An all-sky camera is a digital camera that can capture photographs or videos of the entire arc of the sky within a single frame. These cameras are used to record meteor or satellite trails, time-lapse cloud-motion sequences, migrating flocks of birds, aircraft crisscrossing the sky, weather events and the motion of planets.

The program will begin Saturday, March 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. and continue Mondays in March from 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the library's MakerSpace on the main floor. The final presentation will be on Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the library's main level. All workshops are free and open to the public.

Check www.westportlibrary.org for more information, or call 203-291-4800.

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