and viewing party Sunday for meteor shower
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[August 07, 2012]
LEWISTOWN -- Dickson Mounds Museum and
the University of Illinois at Springfield's Therkildsen Field
Station at Emiquon will present a two-part program, "Meteor Showers
-- Bringing Visitors from Outer Space," as the Second Sunday Science
Lecture Series topic in August. There will be a lecture Sunday
afternoon and a star party in the evening.
Lecture: On a typical dark night you can see about five or
six meteors streak across the sky each hour. In August, the Earth
will pass through a trail of debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle.
During that passage, the frequency of these visitors from beyond the
Earth will increase markedly in an annual event called the Perseid
meteor shower. Professor John Martin of the University of Illinois
Springfield will explain the origin and physics of these celestial
fireworks. The lecture will be in the auditorium at Dickson Mounds
Museum and begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Field trip: In the
evening, join Martin on the shore of Thompson Lake for an annual
party to view the Perseids meteor shower live. The star party will
begin at 9 p.m. at the Lakeside Observatory boat landing area on
Thompson Lake at the Emiquon Preserve. Participants are encouraged
to dress appropriately for the weather and bring their own lawn
chairs and bug spray.
The program is free and open to the public; reservations are not
required. Contact the museum at 309-547-3721 for more information or
with any questions.
The Illinois State Museum -- Dickson Mounds is located between
Lewistown and Havana, off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. The museum is
open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
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The Thompson Lake landing is located directly off the east side
of Illinois Routes 97 and 78, approximately half a mile north of the
Dickson Mounds turnoff. A sign will be posted at the turnoff. A map
is also available online at
mapToTNCEmiquon.jpg or as a Google map at
For more information, call 309-547-3721 or TTY 217-782-9175, or
http://www.experiencedicksonmounds.com/. On Facebook, like
Illinois State Museum -- Dickson Mounds and the Therkildsen Field
Station at Emiquon.
[Text from file received from
Dickson Mounds Museum]