The University of Chicago

373 W. Geneva St, Williams Bay WI 53191 (Latitude 42 34.2, Longitude -88 33.4)

Yekres Observatory Public Star Party

Date: November 21, 2015
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Place: Yerkes Observatory
Fee: $5.- per person
  $15.- per family

Yerkes Observatory and the Geneva Lake Dark Sky Initiative will be co-hosting a public star party Saturday November 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Yerkes Observatory, 373 W. Geneva Street in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Weather permitting, there will be observing through telescopes. The stars will be out and among other items of interest the Moon should prove to be exceptionally lovely. As usual, there will be tours of the observatory, featuring a look at (but not through) the famous 40-inch Great Refractor within the 90-foot diameter dome. Even if it is too cloudy to observe, there will be many other things to do.

Dr. Connie Walker from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory at Kitt Peakp in Tuscon will be the featured speaker. Dr. Walker specializes in education and ublic outreach, presenting programs on general astronomy, dark skies preservation, optics and solar research. There will be hands-on demonstrations and other activities related to light pollution.

The Star Party cost is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. If you wish, bring your own binoculars, digital camera on a tripod, or telescope, and people at Yerkes can help you use them.

Yerkes Observatory is located at 373 W. Geneva Street in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of programs.

Because of expected bad weather, we have cancelled the November 21 public star party at the Yerkes Observatory.