Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) has teamed up with Crossroads at Big Creek for the second year to offer outreach programs about space.
This includes watching the progress of Comet Atlas, which, like all comets, goes by the name of its discoverer. In this case, it’s the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) in Hawaii. By May, Atlas might be bright enough to see without a telescope. Thanks to DPAS, you can watch the progress of the comet through the Leif Everson Observatory from your home. Just “like” DPAS or Crossroads on Facebook, and you’ll receive recent images. When the society’s telescopes are operating, you’ll also receive a link to view real-time images through the Night Skies Network.
The Crossroads preserves are open for walking, biking, hiking and running, provided that social distancing is practiced. The Collins Learning Center, Stonecipher Astronomy Center and Leif Everson Observatory are closed.