Menke Observatory Public Star Party

8:00 p.m.
Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave, Dixon, IA 52745


Beginning at sunset, St. Ambrose University opens its observatory to the public for a night of stargazing.

This star party will have a First Quarter Moon. On the one hand that's bad for the dimmer deep-sky objects, but on the other hand, it's a good phase for viewing the Moon through a telescope, because the shadows really stand out on its surface features.

And when you get tired of the Moon, there's always Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, and now Mars is already up in the east at sunset.

Visitors may use the observatory's telescopes or bring their own. The 225-acre facility is an ingenious blend of practicality and science and a perfect habitat for astronomers.

For more information, contact Robert Mitchell at or 563-333-6141. On the day of the event, the same number may be called for a recorded message that will either confirm the event or report a cancellation.

Other 2018 Star Party Dates:

September 15

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