Astronomy Day & Meteor Shower at Starved Rock State Park

Orionids shower on October 20th.
"Volunteers from the Chicago Astronomical Society and other astronomy clubs are setting up their telescopes at Starved Rock State Park to share celestial views with the public."
Please visit for more details: www.chicagoastronomicalsociety.org
It is free event, however, it is recommended to register (via e-mail, on the CAS website).
I am bringing my telescope and am willing to share some exciting views.

***Please note that registration is required (it is free). If you have not done so, please e-mail Audrey Fischer (Chicago Astronomical Society): [masked]

Please also note my e-mail address: [masked] for any communications you may have.

Let me know if you have any questions :)
Marie

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  • Audrey F.

    Hi Margaret, There will be astronomy themed talks at the visitor's center on Saturday and stargazing at the youth/group campsite that night. Meteors will be visible both Friday and Saturday... best at Midnight and before dawn. If you have a choice, the absolute best will be a couple hours before dawn. a couple dozen meteors per hour will be visible if the weather cooperates. All volunteers can have access to free camping at this telescope viewing site. Talk to me if you want to be a volunteer for astronomy outreach. Free showers are available... but bring your own towel & soap.

    October 17, 2012

    • Margaret

      Thanks, Audrey! I'll try to make it this year just to observe, maybe volunteer another time.

      October 18, 2012

  • christine j.

    So sorry I'm missing the event

    October 18, 2012

  • Audrey F.

    Important courtesy around telescopes at night: Please, be very aware of all white lights. Cover all white lights with red plastic (piece of red disposable plastic tablecloth or red t-shirt material works well) to protect night vision.

    October 17, 2012

  • Audrey F.

    The Orionid Meteor Shower will be especially beautiful this year. Dozens of meteors per hour are expected at the peak between Saturday at midnight until dawn. Orionids are very fast meteors speeding 148,000 mph, and often make fireballs that break up in little pieces in a spectacular display. These meteors are actually pea & walnut-sized pieces of the most famous comet in the world-- Halley's Comet! They burn up as soon as they hit Earth's atmosphere. Twice a year our planet flies right through paths of comet dust left behind from the orbit of "messy" Comet Halley. Look toward the SE toward Constellation Orion. The Moon will be down around 10:30 PM and the sky will be its starriest. This year Orion will be framed by a dazzling cosmic triangle of Jupiter, Venus and Sirius, and from here, the meteor will seem to magically appear. Good luck! Maybe you'll be lucky enough to witness a fireball!

    October 17, 2012

  • Marie G

    Meteors will "rain" on Saturday night, so you will be fine :)
    Usually when I go to Starved Rock and need to stay overnight, I go to any motel in Ottawa, which is very, very close to Utica and Starved Rock. The rates are lower than for the places closer to the Park. I usually check those online. I like Holiday Inn, but all of them are similar and usually have OK prices.

    October 16, 2012

    • the m.

      If someone wants the closest, cheapest, most bare-bones place to pitch a tent, that's probably gonna be Papa Murph's. Big plain open field next to a bar. Picnic tables & fire rings. Portopotties available after bar closes. Alcohol allowed.

      October 16, 2012

  • Margaret

    Is there a schedule of events for Saturday? I'd like to go but have another commitment Friday night. Can I join on Saturday, or will the meteor shower be visible mainly Friday night?
    Also, where is a good place to stay overnight?

    October 16, 2012

  • Neil

    Work schedule changed I wish I could go

    October 15, 2012

  • Jennifer

    Is anyone from the North Side going and would like to share a ride?

    October 13, 2012

  • Audrey F.

    Hi! I just learned about your group from Matt. I want to welcome you to Starved Rock. For clarification, Astronomy Day is a public outreach event. We have free access to camping as long as we share our enthusiasm and help the public with astronomy outreach--our #1GOAL : ) If you are planning on coming, please send me an email at [masked]. Let me know if you are trained in astronomy, have a scope you want to share, or want to help in other ways. We can coach you enough to help beginners... even if you are a beginner yourself. Just let me know. cheers+stars, Audrey. [masked] work , 773. [masked] (cell on event days)

    October 7, 2012

  • Marie G

    ***Please note that registration is required (it is free). If you have not done so, please e-mail Audrey Fischer (Chicago Astronomical Society): [masked]

    Please also note my e-mail address: [masked] for any communications you may have.

    October 4, 2012

  • Marie G

    Great, thank you, Donna :)

    October 2, 2012

  • Donna

    I got it. You just have to take out the "/". I think it's for their counter. Here is a good link (I hope). http://www.chicagoastronomicalsociety.org

    September 27, 2012

  • Marie G

    For some reason when you click on it it gets nowhere. Try copy and paste it in another window, or just type chicagoastronomicalsociety [dat] org (or search in google). Please let me know if it helps :)

    September 27, 2012

  • Donna

    the link is not good, can you post a better one?

    September 27, 2012

  • Marie G

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