Stargazing at Afton Saturday Night

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Join the Northwest Suburban Astronomers (NSA) on September 15th at Afton Forest Preserve for an evening observing stars and planets. Among the targets for NSA members’ telescopes will be the planet Mars, where the recent planet-wide dust storm has ended and its darker features and polar caps are visible again; Saturn and its beautiful ring system; star clusters and nebulae of the Milky Way; and even the Andromeda Galaxy.

Dress for evening and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic or cellophane (red light preserves your night vision), and insect repellent, if needed. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. (sunset is at 6:59 p.m. ) or come early and picnic or hike the trails. You are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars. In the event of inclement weather the event will be canceled. There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

Afton Forest Preserve is located at 13600 Crego Road, DeKalb, Illinois (approximately 1 mile east of Illinois Route 23 and 1 mile south of Perry Road).

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