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Star Party

Event Details

August 10, 2013 9:00 PM
Location: Prairie Grove Park, Waterloo

Event Description

Brilliant Venus, the Moon, and the ringed planet Saturn will be well placed for viewing in the early evening western sky. After the Moon sets, we will observe the bright glowing nebulas and star clusters of Scorpius (the Scorpion) and Sagittarius (the Archer) in the southern sky. The “W” shaped Cassiopeia (the Queen) will be getting higher in the northern sky and easier to observe. We will use it to find Cepheus (the King) and the menacing Draco (the Dragon). Cepheus is home to the dim star Delta Cephei that is both a colorful binary star and probably the most important star in the sky. We may also get to see a few meteors from the Persied meteor shower that will be at the beginning of its annual peak.