- Dickson Mounds, Lewistown
Families may enjoy learning about the night sky from Astronomer Kevin Manning’s presentation “Astronomy for Everyone.” Astronomer, author, and national speaker, Kevin Manning, a former consultant to NASA, will deliver an intriguing and thought-provoking program of exploration into the universe. His program will begin at 10:15 p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium. With Kevin’s guidance, participants will then be able to view the night sky from the Museum’s observation deck, snack bar area porch, or the Museum’s grounds.
In addition, Jesse Hoover, an acting member of the Peoria Astronomical Society, will share information on meteor showers, meteorites, and other objects in the night sky and have a telescope to enhance viewing opportunities. The PAS is a non-profit organization of amateur astronomers from Peoria, Illinois and the surrounding community.
Doors will open at 10:00 p.m. on August 10th and close at 5:00 a.m. August 11th. The public is welcome to come and go anytime during these hours. The “Astronomy for Everyone” program will begin in the auditorium promptly at 10:15 p.m. Participants may also enjoy hands-on activities and crafts to take home.
Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors and bring a lawn/camping chair or blanket and small flash light. Light refreshments will be available. This event is co-sponsored by Dickson Mounds and the Astoria Public Library.
Black Sheep Flower Farm is offering tent camping for $20 per family/tent, 6-10 pm
pitch your tent and enjoy the camp fire. Bring hot dogs, marshmallows and all your
wiener roast favorites. Bring your own cup for complimentary hot chocolate. Located across the road from the Museum.