Public Starparties and Presentations
The Northwoods Explorers schedules starparties throughout the area each year, often at Libraries or other locations such as the Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters. Soon we'll have our calendar up and running. Sign up to keep informed of our events, just send us an email, we will not share it with anyone.
We use bright green lasers to point to the stars and constellations, and telescope eyepieces that make it easy to view. When weather permits, we can hold our presentations outside.
There are many research projects available for students of all ages.
Many of our members enjoy learning how to improve their observing skills through imaging, using specialized cameras and telescopes. It can be very rewarding to discover how to incorporate the many tools available to produce an accurate image of our Universe in amazing detail.
Video astronomy is another way to observe the sky. Celestial objects are viewed on a video screen instead of looking through the eyepiece in the telescope.
Our eyes operate in real-time. What we see is what's happening right now. When looking at celestial objects that are many light years distant, they appear very dim. The color sensors in our eyes are not sensitive enough to see color when there isn't enough light.
When using a video system, the photons are summed, sensitivity is increased, allowing some objects to be seen in color.
Using a video screen also helps to point out certain features of what we're observing in a group setting. It is also beneficial for those that have difficulty looking though the eyepiece.
To view a community of active video astronomers, visit this site: https://www.liveskies.org/
We can provide materials and programs for local schools, libraries, and science centers. Much of our material comes from NASA/JPL's Nightsky Network.
The NightSky Network has developed hundreds of scientist-tested hands-on activities and projects. Browse the database here:
If you would like to request a starparty or presentation for your group send an email to the address below.
Model Rocket Launches
We are in the process of finding a safe launch site. Launches follow the safety guidelines from the National Association of Rocketry.