A Midsummer Night’s Adventure

Saturday July 28, 5 to 11 pm

Penn Dixie presents our annual fossil and astronomy event of the summer: A Midsummer Night’s Adventure!

Join us for a twilight walk across our 54-acre fossil park to search for extinct marine animals, but don’t forget to bring a lantern or flashlight to help uncover the buried geological treasure. Our educators will be on hand to assist novices and experienced fossil hunters alike. Visitors may keep all of the fossils that they find.

For those looking up, sunspot viewing will be available until dusk. After dark we’ll take a closer look at five of the brightest objects in the night sky: The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn!

The Summer Triangle, Big Dipper, Scorpius, Sagittarius, and Hercules will be visible in addition to M27 — the Ring Nebula — and M13 — The Great Globular Cluster.

All ages are welcome and no registration is needed. Our usual admission rates apply and Penn Dixie members are free.


July 28 2018

Sun & Moon:
Sunset will be at 8:39 pm
The Full Moon rises at 9:24 pm

Planets:
Venus sets at 10:30 pm
Mars rises at 9:05 pm
Jupiter sets at 12:38 am
Saturn Rises at 6:36 pm

Constellations/Asterisms:
The Summer Triangle  – E (Vega, Deneb, & Altair)
The Big Dipper –NW
Cassiopeia – NE
Virgo – SW
Ophiucus – Meridian
Lyra –E
Cygnus/Northern Cross – E
Aquilla -E
Scorpius – S
Sagittarius – SE
Hercules – Meridian

DSOs/Stars:
M57 Ring Nebula
M13 The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules
M4 Star Cluster in Sagittarius
Arcturus
Albireo
Alcor & Mizar
Anteres