Summer Star Parties Events in 2019

Special Notice For the May 11 Event:  

The Astronomy Day (May 11) event at Centennial Park is CANCELLED due to rain.  Our next event is June 15 at Lincoln Memorial Garden.

Summer Star Parties

The summer time is a great time to get outside and enjoy the night sky.  Over the summer in 2019 we will partner with the Sangamon Astronomical Society and Lincoln Memorial Garden to do evening events in the Crawley Meadow at LMG.  We enjoyed the two we did in 2018 so much that we are scheduling four (weather permitting) this summer.

July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the the first manned landing on the Moon.  It is also the one year birthday of the Springfield Kidzeum of Health and Science.  We are going to join them and their celebration to commemorate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Visit our page about Friday Night Star Parties to learn what is going on this fall.

Summer Star Parties at Lincoln Memorial Garden

In the summer of 2019 we will be co-hosting four summertime Star Parties with the Sangamon Astronomical Society at Lincoln Memorial Garden Cawley Meadow on the following dates:

Saturday May 11  – CANCELLED FOR RAIN 🙁

Saturday June 15 – (8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)

Saturday July 13 – (8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)

Monday August 12 – Perseid Meteor Shower (8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

Scroll down for details on each event.

Summer Day-Time Event with the Kidzeum

We are also planning at least one day-time event over the summer:

Saturday July 20 – Happy Anniversary Apollo 11 @ The Springfield Kidzeum (times TBD)

Scroll down for details.

These star parties do not have full accessibility but we do offer accessible Star Parties. Please visit our Disability Support web page to learn about our Sunday Night Accessible Star Parties for people with disabilities.


General Information

People attending the events at Lincoln Memorial Garden should park in the spaces just off East Lake Shore Drive. Observing will be done in Cawley Meadow across the street from the nature center. Attendees are encouraged to wear bug repellant, dress appropriately for the cool pre-dawn hours, and bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

The meteor viewing may be canceled for cloudy weather. Questions about whether the weather is suitable for viewing should be directed to 217/206-8342 after 7 p.m. on August 12. Or updates will be posted on the UIS Observatory Twitter feed (@UISObservatory). For more information on Star Parties, contact John Martin at 217/206-8342 or Joel Horwedel at Lincoln Memorial Gardens at 217/529-1111.


May 11 – International Astronomy Day (AT CENTENNIAL PARK)

 

Cancelled for rain.  Please try again next month June 15 at Lincoln Memorial Gardens.

 


June 15 –

What:

The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics ProgramLincoln Memorial Garden, and the Sangamon Astronomical Society will host a special Star Party to view the night sky through telescopes on the Cawley Meadow.

When:

On the night of Saturday , July 13 the Star Party will start at 8:30 p.m. and run until 10:30 p.m.

The event will be canceled if the weather is too cloudy to allow good telescope viewing.

Where:

Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL.

Details:

This evening we expect to see the Moon and the planet Jupiter.  The Summer Triangle will be rising in the east and favorite telescope targets like globular star cluster M13 and the Ring Nebula will be well positioned for viewing through telescopes.


July 13 –

What:

The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics ProgramLincoln Memorial Garden, and the Sangamon Astronomical Society will host a special Star Party to view the night sky through telescopes on the Cawley Meadow.

When:

On the night of Saturday , July 13 the Star Party will start at 8:30 p.m. and run until 10:30 p.m.

The event will be canceled if the weather is too cloudy to allow good telescope viewing.

Where:

Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL.

Details:

This evening we expect to see the Moon and the planets Jupiter and Saturn.  The Summer Triangle will be close to overhead and favorite telescope targets like globular star cluster M13, the Ring Nebula and the Dumbbell Nebula will be well positioned for viewing through telescopes.


July 20 –

What:

The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics Program will participate in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at the Springfield Kidzeum of Health and Science.  Details TBD.

When:

A daytime celebration on Saturday , July 20 times TBD.

This event is NOT dependent on the weather.  It will happen rain or shine.

Where:

Springfield Kidzeum of Health and Science, 412 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL.

Details:

Coming Soon.


August 12 – Perseid Meteor Shower

What:

The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics Program, Lincoln Memorial Garden, and the Sangamon Astronomical Society will host a special Star Party to view the annual Perseid meteor shower.

In case of clouds there will be an astronomy talk by Dr. John Martin at the nature center.

When:

On the night of Monday, August 13 the Star Party will start at 8:00 pm and run until 10 pm.

Where:

Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, Ill.

Details:

The Perseids meteor shower takes place annually in the beginning of August when the Earth passes through a stream of debris crossing the Earth’s orbit from the comet Swift-Tuttle. In 2018 the shower is predicted to peak between August 13 and August 14.

This year the Moon is near its New Phase one the peak dates, making it dark all night long.  We are holding this viewing event in the evening but we encourage you to go out around these dates after midnight and before dawn to catch the full effect of the shower.

The Perseid meteor show is known for producing more fireball type meteors than any other meteor shower. In a dark location on any given night you between 3-5 meteors per hour can be spotted. During the peak of a shower like the Perseids one may observe up to 60 meteors per hour.


 

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