Midsummer Saturnalia

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 6 pm-10:30 pm


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 22 we're hosting our 2nd annual Midsummer Saturnalia which includes some inducements- an astronomy talk, planet gazing, plus some treats (Transit of Venus cookies anyone?)--to lure you out on a Wednesday night. We'll be looking at our Moon, Saturn, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, and the Ring Nebula in Lyra.

Bring picnics (we'll provide dessert), telescopes, and your eyes and ears (and don't worry if you don't have a telescope, Rob will provide a 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain, like the one pictured below).

Jenny Elsner at the SCT

Here's the schedule:
6-8 pm: Picnic
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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