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.

Astronomy of Native America 2021

Astronomy of Native America 2021

Tuesday (Nov. 30) 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what someone standing in the same spot in the past saw and thought when they looked up?

500 years ago contact between Europeans and Indigenous Americans of the time changed the world, resulting in the collapse of Aztec and Inca empires and triggering a hemispheric pandemic that may have caused the Little Ice Age which ensued. Prior to this contact, indigenous American conceptions of the sky had no input from the astronomical ideas circulating in the rest of the world.

On Tuesday, November 30, in a series of short, five-to-fifteen-minute presentations by UW-Parkside students currently enrolled in the Astronomy of Native America course, we will explore the range of astronomical understanding and beliefs among indigenous groups of the Americas from the Anishinaabe of the Great Lakes region to the Tawantinsuyu, or Realm of Four Parts, of the Andes Mountains.

Presentations begin at 7:30 pm and proceed until completion, estimated around 9:00 pm. Questions are welcome at the end of each presentation.

After the presentation, we will be heading outside to The Schoolyard Observatory for a brief tour and night-time sky viewing. (Weather permitting)

Safety Precautions: This event, held inside the Hawthorn Hollow Pike House, will follow CDC guidelines for indoor activities, and we request all visitors wear masks to maximize protection from and minimize transmission of airborne illness. Due to increased ventilation, the air temperature may be lower than room temperature inside the Nature Center, and we invite you to layer for your comfort.

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

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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.

Mercury’s Greatest Elongation

Mercury’s Greatest Elongation

Tuesday (September 14) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mercury’s orbit lies closer to the Sun than the Earth’s, meaning it always appears close to the Sun and is lost in the Sun’s glare much of the time.

It is observable for only a few weeks each time it reaches the greatest separation from the Sun – moments referred to as greatest elongation. These apparitions repeat roughly once every 3–4 months, taking place alternately in the morning and evening skies, depending on whether Mercury lies to the east of the Sun or to the west.

When it lies to the east, it rises and sets a short time after the Sun and is visible in the early evening twilight. On September 14 it will have a 26.8° eastern elongation. Observing conditions will be better at lower latitudes, from where it will be setting approximately 1.5 hours after the sun.

Come out to the Schoolyard Observatory where we will take a trip to the Western field and view Mercury through binoculars and a few field telescopes. After which we will explore other planets and our moon through our telescopes.

This 2-hour session will be confirmed by email at least 24 hours before scheduled according to the cloud cover forecast (< 30%). Tickets are transferable for any observatory nightly event in cases of poor weather conditions.

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

Safety Precautions: During events, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing face masks are recommended but not mandatory. Telescope eyepiece and ladder handles will be sanitized before and after each use. Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather, and plan for the blood-sucking flying insects.

Purchase Tickets Here or call 262-552-8196.

Perseids Meteor Shower II

Perseids Meteor Shower II

Thursday (August 12) 11:15 pm – 1:15 pm

This year, the Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak on the nights of Thursday, August 12, and Friday, August 13. In recent years, the moon has made it difficult to view the shower, but that won’t be the case in 2021. The Perseids’ peak comes just a few days after a new moon. On August 12 and 13, a dim waxing crescent moon will set early in the evening, leaving dark skies and perfect stargazing conditions. You can expect to see up to 100 shooting stars per hour on these nights.

Reserve your tickets for The Schoolyard Observatory Perseids Meteor shower event and enjoy a relaxing display of the meteors as you lay back in our zero gravity chairs. Tickets for this event go fast so reserve yours today.

Each 2-hour session will be confirmed by email at least 24 hours before scheduled according to the cloud cover forecast (< 30%). Tickets are transferable for any observatory nightly event in cases of poor weather conditions.

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

Safety Precautions: During events, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing facial masks are recommended but not mandatory. Telescope eyepiece and ladder handles will be sanitized before and after each use. Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather, and plan for the blood-sucking flying insects.

Purchase Tickets Here or call 262-552-8196.

Perseids Meteor Shower II

Perseids Meteor Shower I

Thursday (August 12) 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This year, the Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak on the nights of Thursday, August 12, and Friday, August 13. In recent years, the moon has made it difficult to view the shower, but that won’t be the case in 2021. The Perseids’ peak comes just a few days after a new moon. On August 12 and 13, a dim waxing crescent moon will set early in the evening, leaving dark skies and perfect stargazing conditions. You can expect to see up to 100 shooting stars per hour on these nights.

Reserve your tickets for The Schoolyard Observatory Perseids Meteor shower event and enjoy a relaxing display of the meteors as you lay back in our zero gravity chairs. Tickets for this event go fast so reserve yours today.

Each 2-hour session will be confirmed by email at least 24 hours before scheduled according to the cloud cover forecast (< 30%). Tickets are transferable for any observatory nightly event in cases of poor weather conditions.

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

Safety Precautions: During events, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing facial masks are recommended but not mandatory . Telescope eyepiece and ladder handles will be sanitized before and after each use. Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather, and plan for the blood-sucking flying insects.

Purchase Tickets Here or call 262-552-8196.