The Geminid Meteor Mash December 2021

The Geminid Meteor Mash December 2021

Monday (Dec. 13) 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most active and reliable meteor showers of the year! They streak through the sky every minute or two all night.

It is unique because the meteors are visible all night long, since the constellation Gemini arises just an hour or two after nightfall. Most meteor showers require you to wait until midnight or pre-dawn for the best viewing.

The constellation Gemini is the radiant of the Geminid meteor shower, which means that it is the meteor shower’s point of origin. The Geminid meteors will appear to fall away from the constellation Gemini.

This is the best meteor shower of the year so reserve these limited tickets early.

This event is weather-dependent and will be canceled by e-mail 24 hours before the scheduled start time in the event of a cloud cover forecast greater than 30%. We will hold a backup night on December 14 or tickets can be used for our other Schoolyard Observatory events in case of cloud cover.

Dress appropriately for being still in nighttime outdoor weather.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at observatory@hawthornhollow.org

Purchase tickets here, or call 262-552-8196.

Lunar Eclipse November 2021

Lunar Eclipse November 2021

Friday (Nov. 19) 1:00 am – 4:00 am

The longest partial eclipse of the century!
A partial lunar eclipse is coming up this month – and it will be the longest of this century. The eclipse will take place overnight on November 18 and 19, when the moon slips into Earth’s shadow for 3 hours and 28 minutes, NASA said. The late November moon is also known as the “frost moon.”
Partial lunar eclipses occur when the moon does not pass completely into Earth’s shadow.
Eclipses aren’t everyday occurrences on Earth, and they’re not always easily visible. While some viewers might have to contend with middle-of-the-night scheduling for this month’s celestial event, it’s worth taking a moment to marvel at how the moon, the sun and our planet are connected as residents of this solar system.
Head on over to The Schoolyard Observatory early Friday morning and view the rare event while relaxing in our anti-gravity chairs, learning about the night sky with a guided tour, and see some spectacular telescope views.

Have questions? Please contact us at Observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

Purchase tickets here or call 262-552-8196.

Through the Lens September 2021

Through the Lens September 2021

Thursdays (September 9) 9:00 – 11:00 pm, (Setepmber 16, 23, 30) 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Take turns looking through our 16-inch telescope at binary stars, dim planets, distant galaxies, and other sky objects. Between individual views in the observatory dome, receive a guided sky tour standing outside under the stars to appreciate the broader picture of what you see through the telescope.

These events are weather-dependent, and each two-hour session will be canceled by e-mail 24 hours before scheduled if the cloud cover forecast is greater than 30%.

Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather.

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

Beneath the Cosmos September 2021

Beneath the Cosmos September 2021

Mondays (September 6) 9:00 – 11:00 pm, (September 13, 20, 27) 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Relax in a zero-gravity chair while we guide you through the night sky, using our laser pointer to show you stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and other objects of interest while explaining their relationships and significance. 

These events are weather-dependent and will be canceled by e-mail 24-hours before the scheduled start time in the event of a cloud cover forecast greater than 30%.

Dress appropriately for being still in nighttime outdoor weather.

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org

Small Eyes Under the Skies September 2021

Small Eyes Under the Skies September 2021

Fridays (September 3, 10) 8:00 – 9:30 pm, (September 17, 24) 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Bring the family out to the Schoolyard Observatory and take a trip through the solar system on the meadow as we learn about the size and distance of our closest neighbors. Take our interactive trip followed by an adventure through the telescope to view the planets and other amazing objects. “Space” is limited to 10 total individuals so reserve your tickets early.

Contact observatory@hawthornhollow.org for group/family rate discounts.

Please remember to dress appropriately for an outdoor trek through the solar system (the field) and do not forget the bug spray as they are hungry!

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.