Second Sunday Science Series

in August – Meteor Showers!

Dickson Mounds Museum and the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon (TFSE) present a two-part presentation, both on Sunday, August 12, 2012.

Program admission is free. Contact the Dickson Mounds Museum at 309-547-3721 for more information or with any questions.

Professor John Martin, University of Illinois SpringfieldLECTURE
Meteor Showers – Bringing Visitors from Outer Space
2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 12, 2012
Dickson Mounds Museum Auditorium

On a typical dark night you can see about five or six meteors streak across the sky each hour.

In August, the Earth will pass through a trail of debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. During that passage we will see the frequency of these visitors from beyond the Earth increase markedly in an annual event named the Perseid Meteor Shower.

During the lecture, Prof. John Martin, (right) University of Illinois Springfield, will explain the origin and physics of these celestial fireworks.

Star Party
9:00 p.m., Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lakeside Observatory boat landing area, Thompson Lake
Emiquon Preserve

Star PartyJoin Professor Martin on the shore of Thompson Lake for our annual TFSE Star Party to view the Perseids Meteor Shower LIVE!

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and bring their own lawn chairs and bug spray.


The Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97.

The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. The program is free and open to the public; reservations are not required.

The Thompson Lake landing is located directly off the east side of Illinois Rts. 97/78, approximately half a mile north of the Dickson Mounds turnoff. A sign will be posted at the turnoff.

Map to Emiquon available here. As a Google map available here.

For more information call 309.547.3721 or TTY 217.782.9175 or at the Dickson Mound Museum website.