Look Up!

The Charles and Kathryn Heide Observatory at Hawthorn Hollow features a PlaneWave CDK17 telescope on an L-Series 500 mount in an automated dome as well as two mounts for smaller telescopes outside the dome. The observatory, located on the meadow at the center of the arboretum at Hawthorn Hollow, hosts daytime and nighttime field trips & classes, scout merit badge workshops as well as star parties and astrophotography projects. Please send inquiries or requests for events to:
observatory@hawthornhollow.org

Upcoming Events

Through the Lens June 2024

Through the Lens June 2024

Thursdays,   (9:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

Experience the awe-inspiring “Through the Lens” event at The Heide Observatory, where celestial wonders come to life. Peer into the depths of the universe using our powerful 17-inch telescope, taking turns to observe binary stars, elusive planets, ethereal galaxies, and an array of captivating celestial objects. As you await your individual view inside the observatory dome, join our knowledgeable guides outside under the stars for a guided sky tour. Gain a broader perspective and deepen your appreciation of the universe as you absorb the enchanting panorama of the night sky, connecting the dots between what you witness through the lens and the grand tapestry of the cosmos.

These events are weather-dependent and will be rescheduled by e-mail 24 hours before scheduled if the cloud cover forecast is greater than 40%, or too few tickets are sold to fund the event staffing. 

If you have not heard from us prior to the event please check your spam folder in email.

Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather.

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

Small Eyes Under the Skies June 2024

Small Eyes Under the Skies June 2024

Fridays, (8:00pm – 9:30 pm)

Join us for a captivating astronomical adventure at The Heide Observatory with our “Small Eyes Under the Skies” event, perfect for the whole family. Explore the wonders of our solar system as we embark on an interactive journey across the meadow, investigating the sizes and distances of our nearest celestial neighbors. Following this engaging experience, prepare for an unforgettable telescope adventure where you’ll witness the beauty of planets and other extraordinary celestial objects up close. With limited space available, be sure to secure your tickets early to guarantee a spot for this stellar exploration.

In the event of cloud cover of more than 40% or too few tickets are sold to fund staffing for the event, we will reschedule. Look for a confirmation email at least 24 hours prior to the event date.

If you have not heard from us prior to the event please check your spam folder in email.

Please remember to dress appropriately for an outdoor trek through the solar system (the field).

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

Wednesdays Under the Stars June 2024

Wednesdays Under the Stars June 2024

Wednesdays, (9:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

Enjoy a relaxing Wednesday Under the Stars hosted at the Heide Observatory. Sink into a zero-gravity chair with your favorite beverage in hand, and prepare for an unforgettable journey through the night sky. Our expert guides will illuminate celestial wonders using a laser pointer, revealing stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and other captivating objects of interest. Immerse yourself in the enthralling stories of these objects as we unravel their relationships and delve into their deeper significance. Gaze and savor the enchantment of the cosmos in this unique and relaxing evening under the stars.

Within 24 hours of purchase, you will receive an email confirming your reservation. If your email address differs from the one used to purchase tickets, or you have any additional questions, please email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

These events are weather-dependent and will be rescheduled if the cloud cover forecast is greater than 40% or too few tickets are sold to fund the event staffing.
Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather.

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

Space Camp June 2024

Space Camp June 2024

Calling all aspiring space explorers! Prepare for an awe-inspiring space camp adventure at the Heide Observatory four consecutive nights June 18 to June 21, 2024, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, timed to capture the midsummer sunset and the emergence of the night sky. Discover the wonders of our universe through these topics: planets & orbits; motion, gravity, size, & density; flight & rocketry. Get ready for hands-on activities and direct observation as we explore the night sky. Engage in interactive experiments, gaze at stars through telescopes, and use your creativity and imagination to capture your experiences along the way. Join us for an out-of-this-world adventure that will ignite your curiosity and fuel your dreams of space exploration!

Register each participant by purchasing a ticket here or sending a check or money order to the address below by June 10 to secure their spots in this engaging opportunity. In addition a registration survey will be sent to the email address give and should be filled out before June 14. This program is geared towards explorers aged 8-14. One parent or guardian is welcome to accompany each space explorer, and one must accompany any attendee under age 8. Each participant will receive a small binder and observatory pencil to collect and document their creations during this journey.

Space camp offers exciting outdoor activities that allow participants to explore the wonders of the universe. As a part of this experience, it is essential for all attendees to come prepared for varying nighttime temperatures and potential space mosquito exposure. We kindly request that everyone wears appropriate clothing to stay comfortable and protected.

Make your reservation here!

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at Observatory@hawthornhollow.org

Space Camp July 2024

Space Camp July 2024

Calling all aspiring space explorers! Prepare for an awe-inspiring space camp adventure at the Heide Observatory four consecutive nights July 23 to July 26, 2024, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, timed to capture the midsummer sunset and the emergence of the night sky. Discover the wonders of our universe through these topics: planets & orbits; motion, gravity, size, & density; flight & rocketry. Get ready for hands-on activities and direct observation as we explore the night sky. Engage in interactive experiments, gaze at stars through telescopes, and use your creativity and imagination to capture your experiences along the way. Join us for an out-of-this-world adventure that will ignite your curiosity and fuel your dreams of space exploration!

Register each participant by purchasing a ticket here or sending a check or money order to the address below by June 10 to secure their spots in this engaging opportunity. In addition a registration survey will be sent to the email address give and should be filled out before July 21. This program is geared towards explorers aged 8-14. One parent or guardian is welcome to accompany each space explorer, and one must accompany any attendee under age 8. Each participant will receive a small binder and observatory pencil to collect and document their creations during this journey.

Space camp offers exciting outdoor activities that allow participants to explore the wonders of the universe. As a part of this experience, it is essential for all attendees to come prepared for varying nighttime temperatures and potential space mosquito exposure. We kindly request that everyone wears appropriate clothing to stay comfortable and protected.

Make your reservation here!

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at Observatory@hawthornhollow.org

Perseids Meteor Shower I 2024

Perseids Meteor Shower I 2024

Saturday (August 10) 10:00 pm – 12:00 am

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most dramatic things to see in the night sky between July and August.

In 2024 the Perseid meteor shower is active between 17 July and 24 August. The shower will peak 11-13 August.

The Perseid (Per-see-id) meteor shower is one of the highlights of many meteor hunters’ calendars due to its high hourly rate and bright meteors, caused by the Earth slamming into the debris left behind by comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle in July and August every year.

It is called the Perseids because the meteors seem to originate from the constellation of Perseus. Astronomers call this point the meteor shower’s radiant.

Reserve your tickets for The Heide 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.

Watch for an email confirmation with the address used for purchase tickets a few days prior to the event and a updated weather confirmation at least 24 hours prior to the reservation time. In the event of poor weather conditions the back-up night will be Monday August 12, times yet to be determined. Please feel free to email us at Observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

Purchase Tickets Here.

Good Morning Planets

Good Morning Planets

Monday June 3, 3:00 am – 6:00 am

On the morning of Monday, June 3, a large alignment of planets will take place. Being in the perfect positions within the solar system, Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Mars, Neptune, and Saturn will appear to “line up” across the morning sky in this particular order.

While they are in their set orbits around the Sun, these planets are not truly “lining up”. They are simply in perfect positions in their orbits in space to make them appear to “align” in Earth’s morning sky.
Reserve your tickets for this pop-up event at the Heide Observatory as we take a sneak peak of our solar system through multiple telescopes in the early morning!

Watch for a confirmation email the night prior to this event. This event is weather dependent. Check your email before heading out to this event. If the cloud cover is greater than 40% limiting our ability to see the planets, the event will be cancelled, and your ticket will transfer any one of our regular nighttime programs.

If your email address differs from the one used to purchase tickets, or you have any additional questions, please email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.
Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather.

Get your tickets here!

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