Stargazing at Heritage Park - September 6, 2019
Experience Stargazing at Heritage Park and celebrate the International Dark Sky recognition of the Village of Homer Glen by spending a fall evening with the stars!
The Village of Homer Glen will host a fall stargazing event on Friday, September 6, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Heritage Park. Heritage Park is located at 14240 West 151st Street behind Village Hall. The event is coordinated by the Homer Glen Environment Committee with the assistance of the Homer Glen Emergency Management Agency, Arrive early and see Crosstown Exotics bug and reptile show in the Village Hall Community Room from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
With special thanks to the Kankakee Area StarGazers, the Naperville Astronomical Association, and the South West Astronomy Observers Group, amateur astronomers from these groups will have their large telescopes available for free viewing. They will feature astronomical beauties such as Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, the 1st Quarter Moon, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Hercules Globular Star Cluster (M13), the Ring Nebula in Lyra (M57), M81,and M82 Galaxies in Ursa Major, and many other galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae if conditions are good. For more information on what else can be seen download a sky map at the Sky Map website.
Dark Sky Community in Illinois
As the 4th International Dark Sky Community, the fall stargazing event is a way for the Village to bring the wonders of the night sky to the public. The Village is the first to be designated as a Dark Sky Community in Illinois and also the first community East of the Mississippi River. The Village received this award from the International Dark Sky association because of its "exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of quality lighting codes, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies". The Village has been promoting starry night viewing since 2008 and educating the public about dark sky awareness with Stargazing events. The “First International Starry Night” took place with a Stargazing event on July 12, 2013 in which approximately 225 people from across the Chicagoland area participated.
For more information call the Village of Homer Glen at 708-301-0632.
Praise Regarding the Village's Night Sky Protection from a Homer Glen Resident
"For the second year in a row I attended the Stargazing event held at Trantina Farm with my grandson, Liam, who is 8 years old. Thanks to this event, he has become an astronomy buff and is saving his money for his own telescope. The number of people that attended this year was impressive (and included a number of neighbors), well overflowing the regular parking lot. The astronomy members from the Kankakee Area Stargazers, the Naperville Astronomical Association, and the South West Astronomy Observers Group, came from some distance to share their knowledge and enthusiasm and are an impressive group. They provide a great variety of sights from the Moon to Venus and Saturn and the Ring Nebula. Every one of these astronomy volunteers commented on how great the sky was in Homer Glen. A few of them talked about how difficult it is anymore to find any dark sky in the metropolitan area.
Our commitment to minimizing light pollution in our community is a great asset and one that contributes to our quality of life. Once lost, we can never get it back, so thank you for your continuing efforts in protecting our environment." Ken Lomasney Homer Glen, IL