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Looking Through Telescope

Summer 2021 Events at the

North Lakeland Discovery Center:

July 13 Solar Program 1-4 PM

Safely observe the Sun's Chromosphere through a dedicated Lunt Solar Telescope along with the Northwoods Explorers of Space and Astronomy. If the sun is active we might see a solar flare on the limb of the sun that's larger than planet Earth! There will be a talk on how stars are formed and compare our Sun to others along with our amazing Milky Way Galaxy. Handouts included and a door prize for the lucky ones.  If the weather doesn't cooperate the presentation will still be held.

August 14th 7:30 - 10:00 PM ( or 15th as a backup )

Join us for an evening under the stars with the Northwoods Explorers of Space and Astronomy. With good weather we plan on observing many objects -- Saturn and its rings along with Jupiter and its largest moons,  the crescent moon with contrasting shadows to see amazing craters, the Andromeda galaxy some 2.3 million light years away. the great globular cluster in Hercules where 500,000 stars exist some 25,000 light years distant, and the Ring Nebula, which is the remains of a star's atmosphere expanding out into space. A short activity will start before observing. If the weather doesn't cooperate we reserved the next day on Sunday as a backup, same time. Handouts included.

September 11th 6:30 - 9:30 PM ( or 12th as a backup )

Join us for an evening under the stars with the Northwoods Explorers of Space and Astronomy. With good weather we plan on observing many objects -- Saturn and its rings along with Jupiter and its largest moons,  the crescent moon with contrasting shadows to see amazing craters, the Andromeda galaxy some 2.3 million light years away. the great globular cluster in Hercules where 500,000 stars exist some 25,000 light years distant, and the Ring Nebula, which is the remains of a star's atmosphere expanding out into space. A short activity will start before observing. If the weather doesn't cooperate we reserved the next day on Sunday as a backup, same time. Handouts included.

Past Events:

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.  

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