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View Saturn and its Rings at Hobbs State Park, and get Mooned, too

30 Aug 2018 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Saturn is known as the “WOW” planet.  Whenever someone first views it through a telescope and sees the remarkable rings with their own eyes, it is definitely a WOW moment for them.   In 1610, Galileo Galilei became the first astronomer to identify the rings around our second largest planet.  Saturn also positions itself as the sixth planet from the sun and the most distant that we can see with the naked eye. 

Paul Anderson, member of the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society and program presenter at Hobbs State Park, said, “After a short classroom review of what will be in the night sky, we will journey outside for a look through our powerful telescopes to see what makes Saturn such an unbelievably beautiful planet.  We will examine its makeup and look closer at the rings.  Finally, we will look at a few of the 62 moons of Saturn which vary in diameter from .62 miles to 7,869 miles.

Join us on Saturday, September 8th to find out more about the planet Saturn and how to best observe the visible planets this fall: Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and Mars.”

What to Bring if you can:

·      Camera and a Tripod for Night Sky Photography  
·      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 September 8, 2018        

                  7:00 pm:  Lecture
                  8:00 pm:  Night Sky Viewing

Where:  Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area’s visitor center
              located on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle
              Road intersection.
Cost:       Free
For more information, call:  479-789-5000

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