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Summer Stargazing Program @ Pilot Knob State Park Tower
August 13 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Winnebago County Conservation Board to hold Summer Stargazing program at the Pilot Knob State Park Tower on Friday evening, August 13th beginning at 9:30 PM and lasting about 45-60 minutes.
During the program, 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.
You will also learn about some of the brighter stars, as well. In addition, the Perseid Meteor Shower should provide a good opportunity to see a few “shooting stars!” (Spoiler alert…They’re not really stars!)
The WCCB’s Summer Stargazing program will be free of charge and open to the public. You should bring along a flashlight for the walk to and from the tower and star charts will be handed out to all participants to take home after the program. In case of cloudy skies, the program will have to be postponed or canceled and that announcement will run on KIOW Radio (FM 107.3), as well as the WCCB Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WinnebagoCCB) and the WCCB twitter feed (@WinnebagoCCB). For more information about the program, contact Winnebago County Naturalist Lisa Ralls at either 641-565-3390 or at email@example.com.