Spring Stargazing Program Scheduled

The Winnebago County Conservation Board will be holding a Spring Stargazing program on Friday evening, April 14th . The program will be held at the entrance to Thorpe Park, five miles west of Forest City, beginning at 9:00 PM. It should last about 45-60 minutes.
During the program, Winnebago County Naturalist Lisa Ralls will lead people on
an informal tour of the spring nighttime sky, a sky that shows a transition from winter to
summer constellations. She will point out such spring constellations as the Gemini Twins
and Leo the Lion, as well as year-round favorites such as the Big and Little Dippers and
Draco the Dragon. People will also learn how to identify some of the brighter spring stars, including the twin stars of Castor and Pollux, Arcturus, and Regulus. Interesting
facts will be shared about the stars and constellations and a couple planets will also make an appearance!
The Spring Stargazing program will be free and open to the public and star charts will be handed out to everyone to take home afterwards. People can bring along lawn chairs and a pair of binoculars, if they’d like. Of course, if the skies are cloudy that night, the program will have to be postponed or canceled. If that happens, the announcement will run on KIOW Radio (FM 107.3), as well as on the WCCB web site ( ), the WCCB Facebook page, and the WCCB Twitter feed. For more information about the Spring Stargazing program, people can contact Naturalist Lisa Ralls at 641-565-3390 or at [email protected] .


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