Menke Observatory Public Star Party

8:00 p.m.
Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, 31555 52nd Ave, Dixon, IA 52745


Beginning at sunset, St. Ambrose University opens its observatory to the public for a night of stargazing. The 225-acre facility is a perfect habitat for astronomers. The buildings are an ingenious blend of practicality and science.

Visitors may use the observatory's telescopes or bring their own. This event is free of charge.

It's a planetary bonanza tonight! After the Sun sets, you'll see Saturn to the southeast, Jupiter to the south, Venus to the southwest, and maybe even Mercury lower to the southwest. Mars then rises sometime after 10 PM to complete the evening.

For more information, contact Robert Mitchell at or 563-333-6141. On the day of the event, the same number may be called for a recorded message that will either confirm the event or report a cancellation.

Other 2018 Star Party Dates:

August 18

September 15

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