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Astronomy Night at Hobbs State Park to Feature Looking at the Night Sky with Binoculars

25 Jan 2017 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Winter Sky through Binoculars is the focus of the Hobbs State Park/ Sugar Creek Astronomical Society Star Party set for January 28, 2017 Using binoculars to view the night sky is the first, best step into astronomy because the sky can be enjoyed without the expense of, or an understanding of, telescopes.  The intimacy and ease of viewing the night sky with your naked eye can be maintained when using binoculars.  Because of their wide field of view, the amount of the sky that can be seen is larger than with most telescopes, making it easier to find objects.  Modern small binoculars often give as much detail as that seen by Galileo using his groundbreaking telescopes to discover the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus.

According to Sugar Creek Astronomical Society’s president, Katherine Auld, “Objects we will likely view include:  Jupiter, or more specifically the Galilean moons that almost nightly change their locations in their dance around Jupiter, and the Double Cluster, which is two open clusters of stars lying at a distance of about 7,500 light years from Earth.  Other objects we will see include the moon, Pleiades (the “seven sisters”), another open cluster containing hot, blue and extremely bright stars that formed in the last 100 million years.  Perhaps the most amazing object we will view is the Andromeda Galaxy with about a trillion stars.  It makes an amazing night sky object through binoculars as it is about 8 times the apparent size of the earth’s full moon.  Several telescopes will also be set up for public use.”

What to Bring:  

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

Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
When:  Saturday January 28, 2017

  • Classroom instruction – 4:30 p.m.
  • Night viewing about 5:30 p.m.

Cost:  Free – Public invited:  Great for scout groups and families
For more information call:  479-789-5000

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