UIS Perspectives: Virtual Star Parties help community explore, enjoy fabulous night sky

The following is an excerpt from a column by University of Illinois Springfield Associate Professor of Astronomy-Physics John Martin. This column appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 12, 2021.

Everyone living in central Illinois is familiar with the beauty of a star-filled night sky split in half by the Milky Way. Even those of us living in towns and cities full of lights have just a short distance to travel to take in awe-inspiring views.

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UIS’ popular Friday Night Star Parties to be held in a virtual format starting Sept. 10

The University of Illinois Springfield’s popular Friday Night Star Parties will be held in a virtual format this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants can watch the virtual star parties on Zoom from 8-9 p.m. on Sept. 10, 17, and 24 and Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. The Zoom link will be posted at uis.edu/astronomy/about/starparties/.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party

Thursday July 12 is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. We will hold a Star Party that night from 8:30-9.30 pm. We encourage you to join us from your own backyard watching the sky for meteors. We will share commentary about what we are seeing in the sky, answer live questions and, if weather permits, live views of the sky.

This event is free to join via Zoom and no reservation is required.

For details visit the Summer Star Parties web page.