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Do You Want Santa to Bring a Telescope to Your House this Christmas? Then Visit Hobbs State Park on November 6th

26 Oct 2021 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Before you know it, it will be time for Santa to make his yearly arrival at your home. Santa’s memory remains sharp, but it never hurts for you to let him know some specifics about the “toy” that you want. Assuming that you have been good, maybe a visit to Hobbs State Park can be of help if a telescope is on your Christmas wish list.

The Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will soon be coming to Hobbs State Park on November 6th to offer all the information you will need to be able to choose the right telescope for your household. Although, “How to Buy a Telescope” will be the focus of the evening, there will also be some fascinating night sky objects to view. Neptune will be rising in the east, Jupiter and Saturn will be dazzling, always bright Venus will beckon in the southwest at sunset, and the Sugar Creek troop will have a go at finding Pluto in the southern sky.

On top of this, the opportunity will be there to see some Messier (mess-ee-a) objects. OK, what are Messier objects? Messier was a French astronomer who cataloged 110 faint- light, “deep sky” images using his primitive, 18th century telescope.  He was looking for comets, but modern telescopes have shown most of the objects he found to be diffuse nebulae, planetary nebulae, open star clusters, globular star clusters, and galaxies.  In early spring, astronomers sometimes gather for "Messier marathons", when all 110 Messier objects can be viewed over a single night.

What an evening this is going to be at Hobbs State Park!  Learn how to buy a telescope, see a few planets, and view some Messier objects; mark your calendar.

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.  The visitor center will be closed.)

When: Saturday, November 6, 2021

Lecture: 5:45 pm until 6:45 pm

Night sky viewing: 6:45 pm until 9:00 pm

  The event is free and open to the public

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

Sugar Creek Astronomical Society:

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