Global Star Party set for Saturday night at Lowell observatory

2014-04-04T00:00:00Z Global Star Party set for Saturday night at Lowell observatoryTimes Staff
April 04, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LOWELL | To celebrate Global Astronomy Month, the Calumet Astronomical Society is joining with astronomy clubs around the world to provide people with an opportunity to view the many celestial wonders of our sky.

Members of CAS will have telescopes set up from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Conway Observatory at Buckley Homestead County Park to take visitors on a tour of the night sky. Observers will look through a member’s scope at the planet Mars only 58 million miles away. Or, look though another telescope trained on Jupiter and see four of its 67 known moons.

This event is free and wheelchair accessible. To reach the observatory, go south on Hendricks Road from Ind. 2 east of Lowell, then east at the 'T' on Belshaw Road to the first right (Chase Street), then south for one mile.

Park in the designated visitor parking area. Make a red flashlight by cutting the end off a red balloon and putting it over a standard flashlight. Because observing is conducted in a “lights-out” environment, parents are requested closely supervise children.

Because weather conditions may cause this event to be cancelled, call the CAS Info Line at (773) 639-5491 for anupdate before heading to the observatory. Dress appropriately for chilly evening temperatures.

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