At the Astronomy Campus on the grounds of Crossroads at Big Creek Preserve, the partial solar eclipse last August inspired hundreds of Door County residents to gaze at our nearest star. For many, this awesome event stimulated or renewed an interest in astronomy. The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society, an organization dedicated to promoting the science and public education of astronomy, is offering Astronomy Day 2017 for learners of all ages who want to learn more about the wonders of the universe.
On Oct. 14, 1 – 4 pm, activities will be offered in the StarGarden, the Leif Everson Observatory, and the Stonecipher Astronomy Center, all located on StarGazer Trail, 2200 Utah Street (at the Cove Road intersection) in Sturgeon Bay.
While the DPAS Astronomy Day may not eclipse the eclipse, weather permitting, participants will again view the sun safely using a solar projection telescope and scopes with solar filters. Solar viewers might see sunspots, solar flares or possibly even a coronal mass ejection. Or they may see what appears to be a featureless round ball. With the sun, one never knows.
But one can know where the sun will be in the sky at any given hour of any given day. That is how the analemmatic sundial works and on Astronomy Day visitors will get to try it for themselves. They also are invited to tour the Leif Everson Observatory, see a Planetarium Show in the Stonecipher Astronomy Center, and to experience demonstrations on comets and moon craters or take the Planet Walk. All activities are free and open to the public.
Crossroads at Big Creek is made up of three properties: Ida Bay, The Cove and Big Creek Preserves. The Collins Learning Center, located at 2041 Michigan Street, is open 2 – 4:30 pm daily and during scheduled programs. The upgraded parking lot, restrooms and trails are always open.