Moon Shows Up For Friend’s Band

Fans of Triangle Forest may not know that Brendan Britton is also a professor of astronomy at CCRI. And the students at CCRI may have no idea of what really keeps him up at night. (And you thought he was grading papers.)

Prof. Britton is one of several astronomers featured in a recent article by Jack Perry in the ProJo celebrating Astronomy Day and highlighting October as a great month for skywatching:

Brendan Britton, professor of astronomy at the Community College of Rhode Island, says, “October skies feature a wealth of observable objects in the constellations Pegasus and Andromeda, which should be high up after dark.”

The crescent moon “will look great” this weekend “through binoculars or a small telescope,” he says.

Seen here is Britton (vocals, synth, MIDI guitar) performing last August on The Oasis outdoor stage at Revival Foodworks and Brewery. Photographer James Lastowski noted it as a “moon shot,” but I think I see an additional, much fainter object in the upper left-hand corner. Jupiter maybe? Go to Sky and Telescope.

For the amateur enthusiasts out there: I have the app SkyView Lite on my phone and it is easy to use and lots of fun. Had I been at this show I could have just aimed it at the sky.

Formed in 2005, the current line-up of Triangle Forest is Britton and Mark Montalto. The band has opened for Shiny Toy Guns, The Bravery and Silversun Pickups.

Listen to their peppy “Pluto” at Bandcamp. Triangle Forest plays Alchemy on Thursday, October 14, for an Electro 80s Synthwave Dance Night.

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