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Hike the New Trails at Ida Bay Preserve

Now that new trails are cut at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ida Bay Preserve, hikers can visit the mixed hardwood forest at the northeast corner of the Ida Bay property. The hike is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 10 am.

Hikers should meet at the parking lot on Canal Road at the Buffalo Ridge Trail intersection. The hike is free and open to the public.

On Oct. 6 at 7 pm, visitors are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS). Tom Minahan will share the “Latest News in Astronomy” and Gary Henkelmann will present the lecture on the NASA SOFIA Mission.

SOFIA is not just a pretty name. It stands for Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy. It is, according the NASA website, “The largest airborne observatory in the world, capable of making observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes. During its planned 20-year lifetime, SOFIA also will inspire the development of new scientific instrumentation and foster the education of young scientists and engineers. SOFIA is an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope which can detect the infrared energy emitted by objects in space.”

The program will feature some of the images and information that have been collected during the SOFIA Mission. Meet at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah St. in Sturgeon Bay. For more information visit crossroadsatbigcreek.com.

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