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Looking Through Telescope

Summer 2021 Events

Stargazing with the Northwoods Explorers of Space and Astronomy

Friday, September 24th 7-9:30 PM

(or Saturday the 25th as a backup )

 Minocqua Winter Park

 

Join us for an evening under the stars at the Minocqua Winter Park Chalet, west of Minocqua. With good weather we plan on observing many objects with 8", 12" and 20" Dobsonian Telescopes -- Saturn and its rings along with Jupiter and its largest moons, the great globular cluster in Hercules where 500,000 stars exist some 23,000 light years distant, the Ring Nebula, which is the remains of a star's atmosphere expanding out into space, the Andromeda Galaxy 2.4 million light years away, and M27 the Dumbbell Nebula or M17 the Swan Nebula.

There will be two opportunities this evening to watch the International Space Station fly fast above our heads!

 

A short activity will start before observing.

 

If the weather doesn't cooperate on Friday we'll try Saturday evening.  

 

Please bring a mask in case it's needed.

Red flashlights or headlamps recommended -- white light reduces our ability to see thousands of light years away.

 

Bring a chair if you need one. Don't forget insect repellent!

This is a free public event, donations appreciated.

Reservations required, space is limited. 

Reserve your spot by sending an email to

thenorthwoodsexplorers@gmail.com

Past Events:

 

Friday September 10th 7:30 - 9:30 PM 

North Lakeland Discovery Center

The skies cleared and we had a wonderful evening under the stars at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters. We observed many objects -- Saturn and its rings along with Jupiter and its largest moons, the Andromeda galaxy some 2.3 million light years away. the great globular cluster in Hercules where 500,000 stars exist some 23,000 light years distant, and the Ring Nebula, which is the remains of a star's atmosphere expanding out into space.

Stargazing with the Northwoods Explorers of Space and Astronomy

August 14th 

North Lakeland Discovery Center

We were fortunate to have a wonderful evening, no clouds, just a bit of smoke. We saw a few Perseids, a beautiful Crescent Moon, Jupiter and Saturn looked great but were low on the horizon so there wasn't as much detail. At our next event we may have a chance to view them higher in the sky. M13 looked fantastic through the 20" reflector, as well as a blue-hued M57 Ring Nebula. At the end a few were able to view M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, through image-stabilized binoculars.

 

July 20th, 2021 "The Space Race"

Minocqua Country Club

(Private Event)

We presented to a wonderful group about the

amazing opportunities building bridges to the future in space,

and the challenge of finding scientists and engineers to help.

July 13 2021 Solar Program 1-4 PM

North Lakeland Discovery Center

Our audience learned about the Sun and it's connection to planet Earth, then viewed a few small proms that were bigger than Earth on the limb of the nearest star and a few looked down the middle of a sunspot.

Oct 9th, 2020 Starparty at the

North Lakeland Discovery Center

Success! The skies cooperated for a great night at the North Lakeland Discovery Center Friday Oct 9th. Two telescopes were setup, a 10" and a 12" Dobsonian Newtonian reflector.

 

We first saw Jupiter with 3 of its 60+ moons. Then IO became visible, coming out from behind the huge planet. Saturn was great too, but the "seeing" toward the horizon stopped us from using higher magnification, we could barely see the rings. Next was the distant M13, the great Globular Cluster in Hercules where over 500,000 stars fill the view of the eyepiece with light that started 23,000 years ago and remain a mystery. Next was M57, the Ring Nebula in Lyra, which looked like a small greenish-blue-gray cheerio or donut shaped object, which is the expanding atmosphere of a star which has turned into a White Dwarf.  With binoculars we saw M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some 2.3 million light years away. At the end the Red Planet Mars was seen brightly in the East.  

 

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

 

- Benjamin Franklin