Star Parties at the Field Station

Meteors and Thompson Lake – 2009, a late evening star-gazing event, was held on Tuesday, August 11 and August 12 at 1 a.m. on the shore of recently restored Thompson Lake at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve between Havana and Lewistown. Professor John Martin was the guest lecturer and tour guide of the night sky. Members of the Sangamon Astronomical Society were on-hand to share views of the night sky through their telescopes.

The event took of the peak display of the Perseids Meteor Shower, the annual mid-August display of “falling stars.” As the sky grew dark after sundown, the meteor showers were readily visible. When a particular bright meteor streaked across the sky, there was an audible reaction from the crowd. Many of them brought blankets and lounge chairs and stayed all night.

This program was free and open to the public and was presented by the University of Illinois Springfield’s Emiquon Field Station in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy.

John Martin, University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Assistant Professor of Astronomy/Physics, guided sky-watchers as they viewed the meteor shower. Michael Lemke, Associate Professor of Biology and director of UIS’ Emiquon Field Station, shared bottled water and information regarding the station and associated wetland ecological research.

Stayed tuned to this website for an announcement of the next Emiquon Star Party.