The Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn December 2020

The Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn December 2020

Monday (Dec. 21) 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Astronomers use the word conjunction to describe meetings of planets and other objects on our sky’s dome. They use the term great conjunction to describe meetings of Jupiter and Saturn, the two biggest worlds in our solar system. The next great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be December 21, 2020. It’ll be the first Jupiter-Saturn conjunction since the year 2000, and the closest Jupiter-Saturn conjunction since the year 1623! At their closest, Jupiter and Saturn will be only 0.1 degrees apart. That’s just 1/5 of a full moon diameter.

The extra-close Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in 2020 won’t be matched again until the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of March 15, 2080.

Reserve your tickets today for this spectacular show. The planets are low in the sky so we have to get an earlier start to this rare great conjunction. Tickets are limited so reserve 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%.

Dress appropriately for being still in nighttime outdoor weather.

Purchase tickets here or call 262-552-8196.

The Geminid Meteor Mash December 2020

The Geminid Meteor Mash December 2020

Sunday (Dec. 13) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm or 8:00 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%.

Dress appropriately for being still in nighttime outdoor weather.

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

Purchase 6:00-8:00pm tickets here, purchase 8:00-10:00pm tickets here, or call 262-552-8196.

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.