The Charles and Kathryn Heide Schoolyard Observatory at Hawthorn Hollow features a Meade LX200 – ACF 16″ telescope on an Alt-Az mount in an automated dome as well as two mounts for smaller telescopes outside the dome. The observatory hosts daytime and nighttime field trips & classes, scout merit badge workshops as well as star parties. Please send inquiries or requests for events to:
observatory@hawthornhollow.org

Beneath the Cosmos April 2021

Beneath the Cosmos April 2021

Mondays (Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26) 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Relax in a zero-gravity chair while we guide you through the night sky, using our laser pointer to show you stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and other objects of interest while explaining their relationships and significance. 

These events are 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 email observatory@hawthornhollow.org

Wine Wednesdays Under the Stars April 2021

Wine Wednesdays Under the Stars April 2021

Wednesdays (Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28) 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Relax in a zero-gravity chair with your own wine or beverage you bring while we guide you through the night sky, using our laser pointer to show you stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and other objects of interest while explaining their relationships and significance.

These events are weather-dependent, and each two-hour session will be cancelled by e-mail 24 hours before scheduled if the cloud cover forecast is greater than 30%.

Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather.

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

Through the Lens April 2021

Through the Lens April 2021

Tuesdays (Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27) 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Take turns looking through our 16-inch telescope at binary stars, dim planets, distant galaxies, and other sky objects. 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.

These events are weather-dependent, and each two-hour session will be cancelled by e-mail 24 hours before scheduled if the cloud cover forecast is greater than 30%.

Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather.

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

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.

Small Eyes Under the Skies April 2021

Fridays (Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30) 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring the family out to the Schoolyard Observatory and take a trip through the solar system on the meadow as we learn about the size and distance of our closest neighbors. Take our interactive trip followed by an adventure through the telescope to view the planets and other amazing objects. “Space” is limited to 10 total individuals so reserve your tickets early.

Contact observatory@hawthornhollow.org for group/family rate discounts.

Please remember to bundle up as it is very cold in space! Snow boots and extra layers are highly recommended.

Purchase tickets here or email observatory@hawthornhollow.org.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: During events, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing a facial mask will be required. Chairs will be sanitized before and after each use.