Midsummer Saturnalia

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 6 pm- 10:30 pm

An Evening to Enjoy the Planets


Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden remains open until 7:30 pm on Wednesdays during the summer months. It's a beautiful time to see the garden, to enjoy a picnic on the grounds, and to take a stroll. We would like more people to enjoy these evenings at Lynden, so on July 23 we're adding some inducements- an astronomy talk, planet gazing, even an appropriately-themed dessert (Transit of Venus cookies anyone?)--to lure you out on a Wednesday night. We've even arranged for Saturn to put on a great show around 9 pm--its rings will be facing Earth at a high angle of tilt--with Mars to follow at 9:30 pm.

Bring your picnics or enjoy delicious soups, salads and more from the Simmer Truck, your dancing feet, your telescopes, your ears and your eyeballs (and don't worry if you don't have a telescope, Rob will provide a 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain or 13" Newtonian telescope).

Jenny Elsner at the SCT

Here's the schedule:

6-8 pm: Picnic
Grab dinner from the Simmer Truck or pack a picnic and pick a spot on the grass, or a place at one of our picnic tables.
Stroll the grounds, relax by the Big Lake, get to know a sculpture.

8-9 pm: Orientation to the Night Sky: What You'll Be Seeing with Robert Powell

9-10:30 pm: Planet Gazing

About Robert Powell

Robert Powell is an amateur astronomer and member of the Northern Cross Science Foundation, an astronomy outreach organization in Milwaukee's North Shore. In 2003, he was one of six people in Wisconsin to be appointed to NASA's Saturn Observation Campaign. The international outreach program of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was designed to engage youth in the excitement of astronomy.

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