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Astronomy Nights Return to Hobbs State Park September 11th – With an Outdoor Twist

07 Sep 2021 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

For many years, the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society has partnered with Hobbs State Park east of Rogers, presenting informative programs in a classroom setting followed by night sky viewings.  The Sugar Creek astronomers bring several high-powered telescopes to the park through which the public can view celestial wonders.

With the challenges from COVID-19, these astronomy programs had been curtailed; however, with the advent of the new Hobbs State Park Outdoor Education Pavilion, the astronomy programs at Hobbs State Park are once again in the Park’s program mix.  Herein lies the “twist”.  The Park’s visitor center will not be open during the astronomy programs. 

The instructional portion of Sugar Creek’s presentation will be held in the covered, open-air pavilion just to the east of the visitor center.  The pavilion is complete with comfortable year-round restroom facilities.  This structure was a cooperative effort of Arkansas State Parks and the Friends of Hobbs, a park support group.

On September 11th, Jupiter and Saturn will be rising in the east as the first-quarter moon sinks into the west at sunset.  The summer Milky Way will be well positioned high in the eastern sky, as will the Andromeda Galaxy, which should be visible to the naked eye.

What to Bring:  

  • Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
  • Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)
  • Folding chair – one per person
  • Star chart (if you have one)

Recommended minimum age for this program:  8 years

Where:  Hobbs State Park Outdoor Education Pavilion (Next to the Park visitor center)

When: Saturday September 11, 2021

Lecture

7:00 pm until 8:00 pm

Night sky viewing

8:00 pm until 10:00 pm

For information, call Hobbs State Park:  479-789-5000

Sugar Creek Astronomical Society:  https://www.sugarcreek.space/

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