Astronomy Night at Serpent Mound
Saturday, August 11, 2018 – 6:30 to 11 pm
Event is free, however there is an $8 per vehicle parking fee. This event is weather dependent.
Join us for a night filled with fun and education. There will be a variety of professional presentations talking about the cosmos. As the sun goes down and skies darken, visitors will be given a tour of night sky with Dean Regas and the staff of Cincinnati Observatory. Here is your chance to view the moon, planets and stars through large telescopes, with professional astronomers available to answer your many questions. You will also be able to tour the world’s largest Effigy Mound by night, as park staff will light up the pathway encircling this ancient monument. A food concession table will be available offering coffee, tea, hot chocolate, brownies, cookies, etc. This should be a truly meaningful night!
Schedule of Events:
6:30 pm – Presentation on Archaeo-Astronomy and Serpent Mound by Mr. Jeff Wilson
7:30 pm – Presentation on the Solar System by the Cincinnati Observatory staff
9:00 to 11:00 pm – Tour of the Night Sky with Dean Regas and the Cincinnati Observatory
9:00 to 11:00 pm – Lighted, self-guided tour of the world’s largest Effigy Mound
9:30 pm – Short Presentation on the Perseid Meteor Shower by Mr. Jeff Wilson
9:30 to Midnight – Viewing of the Perseid Meteor Shower
Astronomy Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop:
In conjunction with this public event, park staff will be conducting a workshop for scouts, whereby scouts can earn their Astronomy Merit Badge. The general public is welcome to sit in on any of the scouts’ classes. Onsite camping is also available for scouts attending this workshop.