Join NIU’s STEM Outreach for an Evening of Star Gazing!


Join NIU STEM Outreach for a dazzling evening of star gazing and viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which peaks mid-August, this Saturday, August 12th at the Rochelle Municipal Airport. These brilliant meteors radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky. Beginning at 7:15 p.m., experts will discuss the night sky and hot astrophysics topics.

After dark, guests can watch for the meteor shower and view the night sky through their own telescopes or those provided by NIU. A $15 all-inclusive Build Your Own Burger & Cash Bar will be available for purchase, which will include Juicy Beef Burger, Veggie Burgers, or Chicken Breast with Fresh Tomatoes, Red Onions, Crisp Lettuce, Assorted Cheeses, Dill Pickle Spears, Pasta Salad and House-made Potato Chips.

Speakers for the evening include
 Jeremy Benson, STEM Educator—The Sky Tonight: What’s Visible and What Causes a Meteor Shower?
 Paul Stoddard, Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Geosciences— Why Are Scientists So Excited about the Solar Eclipse?
 Joel Knapper, NASA Solar System Ambassador—NASA’s Future Missions

This event will be held rain or shine! To learn more, visit STEM’s website now.