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 November 2020

Beneath the Cosmos November 2020

Mondays (Nov. 2, 9) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; (Nov.16, 23. 30) 6:00 pm – 8:00 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 call 262-552-8196

Through the Lens November 2020

Through the Lens November 2020

Tuesdays and Thursdays (Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; (Nov. 17, 19, 24) 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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 call 262-552-8196.

Wine Wednesdays Under the Stars November 2020

Wine Wednesdays Under the Stars November 2020

Wednesdays (Nov. 4, 11) 6:30 pm – 8:30pm; (Nov. 18, 25) 6:00 – 8:00 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 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.

Small Eyes Under the Skies November 2020

Fridays (Nov. 13, 27) 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Bring your family and come take turns looking through our 16-inch telescope at binary stars, dim planets, distant galaxies, and other sky objects. Learn about these objects, their distances, sizes, and orbits as we take you on a two-hour tour of the night sky (though we will remain firmly on the ground). Space is limited to 10 total individuals so reserve your tickets early.

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 call 262-552-8196.

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.