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Evening Under the Stars

Saturday, August 18, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm NOTE TIME HAS CHANGED!

Where: Farmstead at Westport Drumlin, 5208 Bong Rd, Waunakee WI 53597      

Who: FREE and open to the public. Field Trip is currently full. Please email to be placed on our wait list. 

What: Join us for evening under the stars at Westport Drumlin! Don't miss this opportunity to learn about constellations (there's an app for that!), how the sky changes over the year, and what exactly the Milky Way is and when can we see it.

Our field trip leaders, Paul Kaarakka and Rick Wayne, are excited to share the wonders of the night sky with us. Paul Kaarakka was introduced to astronomy in 1972 by a neighbor with a telescope who showed him an early morning conjuction of several planets. He has been hooked ever since! Rick Wayne came to astronomy through his love and work in photography. He became entranced by how new photo tech enables night-sky imaging and leapt into that with both feet! 

They will have several different scopes set up for viewing the night sky, where we hope to see: The Andromeda Galaxy, The Ring Nebula in Lyrae, Venus's crescent, Jupiter and its "Galilean" moons, Sturn and Mars. This is a family-friendly event -- we encourage kids to join us! 

What to Bring: Please bring appropriate clothing (layers), water and boots if you wish. A flashlight and bugspray. A camping chair might also be useful. 

Thank you to our sponsors: First Business Bank, Fontana Sports, Donde LLC, Stark Company Realtors

Resources for Star Gazing: 


Astronomy Picture of the Day 
Space Weather
NASA missions
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Missions
Rick’s Astro

Tonight's Sky

Sky Diagram

Phone/Tablet Apps: Sky Map (Google Play), Stellarium Mobile (Google Play, App Store)

Constellations and Asterisms

Constellation Guide 
Skywise Unlimited 

Light Pollution and Dark Sky Parks

Light Pollution Map 
International Dark Sky Association 
Newport Beach State Park, Door county Wisconsin 

Introduction to Astronomy

Cosmic Pursuits 
Planet Trek Dane County
From atom to whole universe - Amazing scale video
Cosmic Voyage Video 

Tools and Equipment for Observing

One Minute Astronomer

Getting Into Astrophotography

How to photograph the Milky Way 

Groups, Observatories, and Star Parties

Madison Astronomical Society
Washburn Observatory 
UW Space Place 
Universe in the Park
Starsplitters of Wyalusing State Park 

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