Starlight Night at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve

September 25, 2015 | 7:00pm

-Program is Full-

Celebrate the beautiful night sky of our Great Lakes region with an evening by moonlight at the Preserve!

Openlands and the Chicago Astronomical Society (CAS) will host a telescope viewing session with a stargazing and lunar talk under the night sky at the Preserve, a registered dark-sky viewing location in the Global StarPark Network. A limited number of telescopes will be set up for viewing and a brief talk about stargazing will kick off the program. We will also share some stories from different cultures about the moon and the stars.

Our friends from CAS will also offer tips on viewing a very special celestial event a few days later on Sunday, September 27:  the total lunar eclipse.  This eclipse will be visible to the naked eye for about three hours across the Chicago region.

Parking will be first-come, first-served at the Preserve’s Patten Road parking lot and along Patten Road. Volunteers with blue flashlights will help you find your way to the trailhead to our Hamill Family Upland Trail, and a short walk along the trail will take you to the program location.

Please bring along your own seating such as a folding chair or blanket, any insect repellent you feel you might need, and a flashlight. To preserve night vision, CAS recommends avoiding white lights and bringing a red LED flashlight or a regular flashlight covered with red cellophane.  If you have your own telescope or binoculars, feel free to bring them along as well.

If conditions are cloudy that night, an alternative program will be offered while we wait for the skies to clear.  If the forecast is rainy, the program may be rescheduled.

Open to all ages, no fee. Registration is required with a maximum of 50 participants for this event.  To register, please email or call 815-701-1999.








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