POSTPONED: New Date TBD-Science in the Parks: Explore the Night Sky at Palmisano Nature Park

June 6, 2023
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

2900 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608
Henry C. Palmisano Nature Park, South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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Ready to see the night sky in a whole new light? As we continue our Science in the Parks series, we are excited to journey across the cosmos with the University of Chicago’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Chicago Astronomer Crew led by “Astro” Joe Guzman, certified by NASA as a Solar System Ambassador, and–of course–the Chicago Park District to bring astronomy to Life at Henry C. Palmisano Nature Park. 

Whether you’re a first-time viewer or a seasoned veteran of the night sky, this program should be a blast! Together we will experience the conjunction of Mars, Venus, and a rising near-full Moon under night skies. This summer, we will learn what is happening in the solar system–from seasonal deep-space objects to upcoming meteor showers and eclipses. The activities we will deliver are open to all ages, and the program will include…

  • Space-themed activities 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Astronomy chat 8:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Telescope viewing and activities 8:30 – 9:30 pm 

Join us for the activities only…Join us for the star-gazing only…Join us for both–it is completely up to you!

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for everyone. Please respect diversity in individuals and in cultures. This event specifically welcomes LGBTQIA+ individuals and their families, and we are committed to ensuring everyone feels included and safe! 

Science in the Parks is an ongoing effort by C2ST to live up to our philosophy that “Science is for Everyone.” Not only do we want to join your community, but we want to return and provide science programs that are relevant to you in the future.

Volunteer for this event here.

Event Details

Tuesday, June 6th, from 6:00 – 9:30 pm at Palmisano Nature Park

In the event of poor weather, the rain date will be Thursday, June 8th, from 6-9:30 pm. Any decision to change the program date will be communicated to registered attendees via email by 2 pm on 6.6.23

Address: 2900 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

The astronomy and engineering activities will be in the McGuane Park Field House. This telescope viewing portion of the program will be hosted in person at Palmisano Nature Park off the corner of 29th & Halsted. These two program activities are directly across the street from one another.

Hints on attending:

  • Street parking is available along 29th Street, West of Halsted. 
  • Access to restrooms is available in the McGuane Park Field House across 29th Street. 
  • We will be outdoors, so dress for the weather and bring water! C2ST will provide light snacks.
  • There are no seats, so please bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the night. 
  • There are phone apps that help with stargazing. We recommend that you choose one or two and download them while you have WiFi: Night Sky, Sky Safari, NASA apps, SkyView Lite, 20 Best Apps for StarGazing 2021- iPhone and Android
  • COVID Protocols: In accordance with CDC guidelines, we will not require masks while outside but will request everyone does their best to remain 6 feet apart when possible. Of course, if you prefer to wear a mask the entire time, you are welcome and encouraged to do so!

To support STEM programs like this, you can DONATE to C2ST HERE!

Notice: As a guest of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST), you agree to be photographed, videotaped, or filmed and grant C2ST permission to put the finished footage/photography to any uses that it may deem proper, including marketing, advertising (print, radio, and television) and PR-related activities.