About This Event
Explore the Ozarks and beyond - much further beyond! Southeast Missouri is known for amazing sights, but it is also one of the darkest night skies in our region, away from light pollution. We will start our day off with a quick tour of Alley Spring & Mill, one of the state's largest springs (over 81 million gallons daily!). After that we will head to Echo Bluff State Park for an easy 3 mile hike that explores waterfalls, bluffs and pristine creeks.
After finishing the hike we will gather around the campfire as night sets for dinner and s’mores before the big event led by the Dent County Astronomers. “On this night, the winter night sky will present some of the most appealing sky objects. At a grand scale, the winter Milky Way will tower over us from horizon to horizon. The brilliantly glowing planet Venus will dominate the western view. Also in the west, we might see the Andromeda galaxy -- fuzzy to the naked eye, but bright and detailed through binoculars. The popular constellation Orion will rule the southern skies. Our telescopes will give you a close look at the star nursery in its Orion Nebula. We'll use lasers to point out the constellations Gemini, Taurus, Auriga, Cassiopeia, Pegasus and Andromeda. Our telescopes will give you views of star clusters and galaxies. We'll explore some interesting double stars, too.”
After this inspiring viewing, relax and rest your head as we drive you back to Springfield where you can start to plan your next adventure!
Registration includes transportation, s'mores, and an expert guide.
*Star gazing depends on a clear night. If weather does not cooperate, adjustments will be made.
** Generally large group for astronomy viewing. If you have your own equipment, feel free to bring it.