The Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn November 2020

The Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn November 2020

Friday (Nov. 20) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come out to the Schoolyard Observatory and observe the Moon in the evening sky, as it will guide you to Jupiter and Saturn, our solar system’s two biggest gas giant planets. Given clear skies, you can’t miss these bright worlds. The moon is the second-brightest celestial object, after the Sun, and Jupiter is exceptionally bright, too, outshining all the stars. As for Saturn, it’s as bright as the brightest stars. In addition, Jupiter and Saturn are noticeable now for their nearness to each other. They’re headed for a great conjunction before 2020 ends.

This event is weather-dependent and will be canceled by e-mail 24 hours before 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 call 262-552-8196.

Planet Hopping November 2020

Planet Hopping November 2020

Friday (Nov. 6) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come out to Hawthorn Hollow Schoolyard Observatory and observe five amazing planets in one night. take turns looking through our 16-inch telescope at the Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Mars all in one night! while enjoying interesting facts about each planet.

This event is weather-dependent and will be canceled by e-mail 24 hours before 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 call 262-552-8196.

Planets and Meteors October 2020

Friday (Oct. 23) 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Come out to Hawthorn Hollow Schoolyard Observatory and take turns looking through our 16-inch telescope at the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Mars all in one night! And as an added bonus we may still see some amazing meteors from the Orionid shower that peaked just days prior. 

This event is weather-dependent and will be canceled by e-mail 24 hours before 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 call 262-552-8196.

Midnight Meteors – Orionids 2020

Midnight Meteors – Orionids 2020

Tuesday (Oct. 20) 11:30pm – Wednesday (Oct. 21) 1:30 am

The meteor shower created by the debris of Comet 1P/Halley each year when the Earth passes through its orbit appears to us to emanate from the constellation Orion, and hence this shower is called the Orionids. The Orionids are classified as a Class I Major Shower by the American Meteor Society, meaning that the shower’s rate of visible meteors show significant activity on a year-to-year basis. We expect to see about twenty meteors in an hour. This shower is predicted to peak on the evening of October 20, and its meteors will be most visible to us after Orion rises and our eyes are dark adjusted, radiating from a point in the eastern sky above the star Betelgeuse.

Come join us for a short orientation to the sky at 11:30pm and then a sublime wait for the chance meteor over the two hours following as Orion rises, reclined in our zero-gravity chairs, on Tuesday 11:30pm to Wednesday, October 21 from 1:30am.

This event is weather-dependent and will be cancelled by e-mail 24 hours before the scheduled start time in the event of cloud cover forecast greater than 20% overcast.

Dress appropriately for being still in the nighttime outdoor weather. Blankets and warm beverages are welcome.

Purchase tickets here or call 262-552-8196.

The Red Planet

The Red Planet

Friday (Oct. 9) 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Mars is becoming an amazing night-sky sight as it approaches opposition. Find out how to make the most of the Red Planet. A planet is in opposition when Earth lies directly between that planet and the Sun. Opposition is a big deal for Mars because it’s a long way from Earth for most of the time, looking dim to the naked eye and small when viewed through a telescope. But, as the distance between our worlds shrinks, Mars brightens considerably while expanding in size through the eyepiece of a scope becoming large enough for some surface details to be seen. Come out to Hawthorn Hollow Schoolyard Observatory and observe Mars through our 16-inch telescope and learn interesting and important facts about Mars, the other planets, stars, and the night sky.
This event is weather-dependent and will be canceled by e-mail 24-hours before scheduled start time in the event of a cloud cover forecast greater than 30%.
Purchase tickets here or call 262-552-8196