Dickson Mounds Museum and the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon (TFSE) present a two-part presentation: Meteor Showers - Bringing Visitors from Outer Space as the Second Sunday Science Lecture Series topic in August.
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 behind comet Swift-Tuttle. During that passage we will see the frequency of these visitors from beyond the Earth increase markedly in an annual event named the Perseid Meteor Shower. Prof John Martin (University of Illinois Springfield) will explain the origin and physics of these celestial fireworks. The lecture will be held Sunday, August 12, 2012 and begins at 2:00 p.m. at Dickson Mounds Museum in the auditorium.
Field Trip: Join Professor Martin on the shore of Thompson Lake for our annual TFSE Star Party to view the Perseids Meteor Shower LIVE! The Star Party will begin at 9:00 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. Program admission is free. 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 5:00 p.m. every day. The program is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. The Thompson Lake landing is located directly off the east side of Illinois Rts. 97/78, 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 www.uis.edu/emiquon/about/images/mapToTNCEmiquon.jpg or as a Google map at https://edocs.uis.edu/kmill2/www/map-simple-edocs.html.
For more information call 309.547.3721 or TTY 217.782.9175 or visit the museum's web site at www.experiencedicksonmounds.com. Also *Like* “Illinois State Museum – Dickson Mounds” on Facebook as well as the “Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon”.