The Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA), in cooperation with the McHenry County Conservation District, will be hosting a public star party on Saturday, September 10th at the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area (Shelter #2) in McHenry County, Illinois. Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters with the help of NSA member telescopes. Observing highlights may include the planets Saturn and Mars, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), nebula M57 (Ring Nebula), galaxies M81 and M82 (Bode’s Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy), and globular clusters M22 (Sagittarius Cluster) and M13 (Hercules Cluster) among others.
Dress for a chilly evening and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic or cellophane (red light preserves everyone’s night vision) as well as insect repellent. Please arrive around 7:00 p.m. (sunset is shortly after 7:00). You are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars. In the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.
Marengo Ridge Conservation Area is located at 2411 North Route 23, Marengo, Illinois (approximately 2 miles north of Marengo on Illinois Route 23).