The Innsbrook Nature Group invites property owners, their families, and guests to join us for a “Summer Star Party” on Saturday evening, August 6. Amateur astronomers from the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (http://www.asemonline.org/) have kindly agreed to visit Innsbrook to set up their telescopes for an evening of family friendly education and out-of-this-world entertainment provided by Nature.
Weather cooperating, we hope to view the rings of Saturn, moons and polar cap of Mars, craters on the crescent moon, favorite constellations in the Milky Way galaxy, the Perseid meteor shower, and more. If you have been thinking about getting binoculars or a telescope to help your family enjoy the dark skies at Innsbrook, this will be a great opportunity to ask the experts how best to get started. We will also hear about the rare total solar eclipse across North America that will occur on Aug. 21 of 2017 and where Innsbrook is so fortunate to be close to the shadow center-line, an even more rare event.
The star-gazing event will be held, weather permitting, from 8:30 – 10:30 pm at the farmhouse field off of Innsbrook Drive and where the summer concerts were previously held. This location will provide an expansive southwestern sky ideal for scoping Mars and Saturn all evening long, as well as sighting the Moon, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury just after the Sun sets. Come by anytime that evening, including during or after the Summer Breeze Concert, but be sure to visit www.ibknature.com for more details or late changes.
Thanks for sharing this announcement with your Innsbrook neighbors, especially those with children or grandkids, who would be excited to learn about and see so many natural wonders of the universe above us at night.