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Mercury in the Evening
April 1, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm CDT
What to Bring:
Flashlight (covered with a red cloth or red balloon)
Binoculars and/or telescope (if you have)
Folding chair – one per person
Star chart (if you have one)
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection
When: Saturday April 1st, 2017 Classroom instruction at
6:45 pm – Night sky viewing at 7:40 pm
Cost: Free – All ages are invited. Astronomy is a family event as well as an ideal Boy or Girl Scout outing.
Sugar Creek Astronomical Society hosts public star parties at Hobbs State Park six times a year.
We typically have a class that starts just before sundown to tell people what they’ll be looking at. Then we bring everyone outside to view through the actual telescopes. We usually have a dozen or so telescopes of varying types and sizes.
Kids are more than welcome! Some of the bigger telescopes can be difficult for shorter people to look through, but the people running them usually have a ladder to help out.
Astronomy is more sensitive to weather conditions than most outdoor activates since we not only need no rain but clear skies as well. However in the case of inclement weather the class will still be held!