Southern Illinois Star Party

Friday, July 12, 2019
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM (CT)
SIU Farms Astronomy Observation Area
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Join Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois, and the Adler Planetarium of Chicago for a free family friendly star party at the SIU Farms Astronomy Observation Area on Friday, July 12.  Astronomers will be onhand to explain the night sky and share views through several telescopes. Check out free guided views of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, as well as several deep sky objects visible later in the evening.   Visit activity and vendor tents where you can participate in fun activities, learn about meteorites and the night sky, and check out state of the art astronomy observation equipment. 

Observations and activities start at 7pm.  Presentations throughout the evening from 8:30pm to 10:30pm. 

Free event parking at SIUC Lot # 63 at the corner of Cautauqua and Oakland streets.  Shuttles will depart Lot 63 every 15 minutes taking patrons to and from the observation area.

Although there will be plenty of telescopes to check out, visitors are welcome to bring their own scopes and viewing equipment to the event as well as lawn chairs and blankets.  
Food, drinks, and snow cone vending onsite by SEMO Kona Ice and Heartland Catering

Onsite Parking is very limited and will be by special permit only.  Visitors bringing large telescopes to the event requiring vehicle access to the observation site should contact event coordinator, Bob Baer ( for parking information.

7:00pm: Solar Observation and activities start.  Free Shuttle from SIU lot 63.
8:20pm: Sunset.  Night time observations start and continue until midnight.
8:30pm: Presentation, Remembering Apollo 11, 50 Years Later, Liliana Lefticaru, SIUC.
9:05pm: Presentation, Look Up!, Michelle Nichols, Adler Planetarium of Chicago
9:30pm: Presentation, The Farthest, Voyager in Space, a PBS documentary.
Midnight: Event ends.

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