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Free July Astronomy Program and Night Viewing Offered at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area

11 Mar 2015 6:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Six times a year the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society presents a Beginning Astronomy class followed by Night Sky Viewing at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area.  The next free public astronomy program is Saturday July 2nd.

According to Jack McDaniel, member of the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, “It will be a great night for viewing planets!  Through our telescopes we will see mighty Jupiter in the southwestern sky with its four largest moons; Io, Callisto, Europa, and Ganymede.  The planet and its moons resemble a bright necklace with the moons lined up in a straight line; three on one side of Jupiter, and lonely Callisto on the opposite side.  It’s an amazing sight.  Saturn will be high in the southeastern sky. We will see the planet’s truly awe inspiring rings and a few of its brightest moons.

Just ahead of Saturn will be the red planet Mars. Saturn, Mars and the bright star Antares will form a triangle that is a treat for naked eye observation.

There are also many deep sky objects, including the globular star cluster designated as M13 in the constellation Hercules. This ancient cluster, sometimes called The Great Cluster, is packed with several hundred thousand stars. It is located about 100 light years away from us. We will be able to see stars radiating out from the center of the cluster.”

The program begins at 8:00 pm and includes finding your way around the night sky. Observation using binoculars, telescopes and the naked eye will begin around 9:00 p.m.

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)

When:   Saturday July 2, 2016
             8:00 p.m. – Beginning astronomy class
             9:00 p.m. – Night sky observation
             (View the night sky through the Sugar Creek Astronomy Society’s
             high-powered telescopes.)

Where:  Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center located on Hwy
             12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection

Cost:  FREE

Great family fun!  Great Girl and Boy Scout experience!   For more information call:  479-789-5000

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