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Branched Oak Observatory Hosting “Hunting Orion Star Party”
March 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
On March 9 at the Branched Oak Observatory (branchedoakobservatory.com), enjoy grand views of The Great Orion Nebula, as well as a number of other deep-space objects in these beautiful early-spring skies, during the observatory’s Hunting Orion Star Party. The event is free of charge and open to the general public. Visitors are welcome to arrive at the Branched Oak Observatory, located at 14300 NW. 98th St. in Raymond, any time between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Astronomers can start setting up equipment at 5 p.m. These events are great fun for the entire family, but the observatory cautions visitors with very young children as they may feel uncomfortable in the dark environment.
During the Hunting Orion Star Party, attendees will have the opportunity to see the Andromeda Galaxy, the Beehive Cluster, the Seven Sisters star cluster, the Crab Nebula, and the red planet, Mars. Visitors who arrive early will have a chance to see outstanding views of a very young Crescent Moon.
This particular star gazing party is named after Orion the Hunter because, due to its bright stars, distinctive pattern, and centralized location on the Celestial Equator, it is perhaps the most recognizable constellation for sky-gazers throughout the world. Hidden in plain-sight, just below Orion’s belt, we find one of the absolute gems of the night sky, the Great Orion Nebula. At 1,500 light years away, it is the closest major star forming region to the Earth, and it appears like a beautiful glowing cloud even in the smallest of telescopes.
Branched Oak Observatory is supported by science education professionals and astronomy enthusiasts who give of their valuable time and expertise to the growing facility. Their goal is to share the wonders of the night sky with Eastern Nebraska. Learn how to become a member to check out other events at the observatory by visiting branchedoakobservatory.com.