Astronomy Night Coming This Weekend

HANNIBAL (WGEM) – If Tuesday morning’s lunar eclipse got anyone excited about astronomy, there’s a perfect event coming up this weekend.

Hannibal Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Hannibal High School Environmental Club for their first night of combined astronomy.

The experience will take place on Saturday, November 12 at Riverview Park at 7 p.m.

Viewing will take place on the grassy field between the four-way stop and the first lookout.

Club sponsor and Hannibal High School science teacher Quintin Heaton said it was a great opportunity to see what the November night sky has to offer.

“This time of year, the two largest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, are visible. And so, we hope to be able to see them. Mars will appear on the horizon, then we may be able to catch a glimpse of Mars” , Heaton said.

The planets will not be the only feast for the eyes on Saturday evening.

“Some of the deepest space objects such as Pleiades, which is a cluster of stars, are very pretty and visible to the naked eye. We may be able to take a look at the Orion Nebula and may -being at the Andromeda Galaxy,” Heaton said.

He said he wanted to open this event to the public so that more information is available and more resources can become available for more items to be seen.

Two telescopes will be provided at the event, but participants are encouraged to bring their own telescopes, binoculars and red light flashlights.

If the sky is cloudy on Saturday evening, there is a backup plan to hold the event on Sunday evening instead.

The cold won’t deter stargazers, so anyone heading out for the weekend should be prepared to bundle up.

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