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Summer Stargazing at Pilot Knob
August 10 @ 9:15 PM - 10:15 PM
The Winnebago County Conservation Board will hold a Summer Stargazing program at the Pilot Knob State Park tower on Saturday, August 10th, at 9:15 PM, and lasting about 45-60 minutes.
You will learn how to identify some of the more common summer constellations and asterisms, such as Scorpius the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Archer, Lyra the Lyre, Cygnus the Swan (also known as the Northern Cross), Aquilla the Eagle, and the Summer Triangle. Popular year-round constellations, such as the Big and Little Dippers and Cassiopeia, will also be easy to spot. Everyone will also learn about some of the brighter stars, as well. In addition, three planets—Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars–will all be shining brightly in the southern sky and the Perseid Meteor Shower should provide a good opportunity to see a few “shooting stars!” (Spoiler alert…They’re not really stars!)
The Summer Stargazing program is free of charge and open to the public. Bring a flashlight for the walk back to the parking lot after the program. Star charts will be given to all participants. In case of cloudy skies, the program will be postponed or cancelled, that announcement will run on KIOW Radio (FM 107.3), as well as the WCCB Facebook page. For more information, contact Winnebago County Naturalist Lisa Ralls at either 641-565-3390 or at email@example.com.