Summer Star Parties at Lincoln Memorial Garden 2018

Summer Star Parties

We enjoyed having two great Star Parties at Lincoln Memorial Garden this year.  The turn out was so good that we are thinking about making this a regular part of the Star Parties schedule for the year.  Thanks to everyone that came out and all the support the community continues to give for Star Parties.

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

Below is an archive of what we did this summer.

Summer Star Parties at Lincoln Memorial Garden

In the summer of 2018 we will be co-hosting two summertime Star Parties with the Sangamon Astronomical Society at Lincoln Memorial Garden Cawley Meadow on the following dates:

July 20  – Three Bright Planets & The Moon

August 13 – Perseid Meteor Shower

Scroll down for details on each event.

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.

In the event of cloudy weather John Martin will give a presentation about the August 12 solar eclipse in the nature center starting at 8pm.

 


August 13 – Perseid Meteor Shower

What:

The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics Program and Lincoln Memorial Garden 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 8:30 pm and run until 11 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.


July 20 – Three Bright Planets and the Moon

What:

The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics Program and Lincoln Memorial Garden will host a special Star Party to view the planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn along with the Moon through telescopes on the Cawley Meadow.

When:

On the night of Friday, July 20 the Star Party will start at 9pm and run until 11pm.

The “cloudy weather” back-up date is the same times on Saturday, July 20.

Where:

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

Details:

This summer throughout the month of July the bright planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn dazzle the evening sky.  The week of July 20 the First Quarter Moon joins them to put on a spectacular show for people to see three bright planets and the Moon in the evening sky.  Sunset is late so the event starts at 9 pm.  Come as you are any time between 9-11pm to see the show through telescopes and take guided tours of the summer sky.


 

The University of Illinois Springfield is a premier public university that provides students with a high-quality liberal arts education, exceptional public affairs opportunities, and outstanding professional preparation programs. UIS has four core strengths: (1) a teaching-focused academic experience; (2) an abundance of opportunities to collaborate; (3) a right-sized supportive community; and (4) a tradition of educating public servants and leaders. UIS has four colleges: business and management; education and human services; liberal arts and sciences; and public affairs and administration.

Lincoln Memorial Garden is a 110-acre woodland and prairie garden located on the shores of Lake Springfield. The Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, manages the Garden as a public facility. Its maintenance, programs and events are funded by donations. The Foundation’s purpose is to manage and fund the preservation and improvement of the garden, established as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln, consistent with Jens Jensen’s design philosophy and to provide opportunities for children and adults to learn about the environment.