Supermoon April 2021

Supermoon April 2021

Friday (Apr. 30) 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This year, we’ll be treated to two supermoons, with the first occurring on April 26 and the second on May 26. Supermoons are said to be bigger and brighter than your average full Moon.

Just how big and how bright, exactly? On average, supermoons are about 7% bigger and about 15% brighter than a typical full Moon. However, unless you were to see a regular full Moon and a supermoon side by side in the sky, the difference is very, very difficult to notice!

Even though we will be a few days past the actual full moon, come on out to the Schoolyard Observatory and view the moon and learn all about the supermoons and we will take a look at other interesting objects in the night sky.

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.

Purchase tickets here or call 262-552-8196.

Orion the Hunter April 2021

Orion the Hunter April 2021

Friday (Apr. 16) 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Orion, which is located on the celestial equator, is one of the most prominent and recognizable constellations in the sky and can be seen throughout the world. Come on an adventure through the Orion constellation at the Schoolyard Observatory. We will explore the unique stars that make up the Orion constellation and discover other wonders within as we take turns observing through our 16-inch telescope.

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.

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.

Purchase tickets here or call 262-552-8196.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower April 2021

The Lyrid Meteor Shower April 2021

Friday (Apr. 23) 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Lyrids appear in Chinese writing dating back to roughly 690 BCE, making them one of the earliest meteor showers on record. On the night of April 21, the annual shower will make its appearance for 2021. The meteor shower is a result of Earth passing through the tail of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. When our planet moves through this debris field, the space rocks burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, causing spectacular lights to streak across the night sky.

The Lyrids are one of the weaker annual meteor showers visible from Earth. On peak nights, they usually produce no more than 20 shooting stars per hour. The event is also unpredictable: On rare occasions, spectators are treated to incredible surges of up to 100 meteors per hour. For this reason, the Lyrids are worth checking out for diehard astronomy enthusiasts.

Come out to the Schoolyard Observatory and enjoy a relaxing evening in our anti-gravity chairs as we point out the night-sky objects and watch for meteors.

Tickets are limited so reserve soon.

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%. Reservations can be transferred for any other nightly event.

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.

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.