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Science in the Parks: Explore the Night Sky at Palmisano Nature Park

Join C2ST & partners in person at Palmisano Nature Park to explore the night sky, learn about the cosmos, and learn how to use a telescope!

By The Chicago Council on Science and Technology

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, June 6 · 6 - 9:30pm CDT


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

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About this event

  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

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, and learn what is happening in the solar system this fall, from seasonal deep space objects to upcoming meteor showers and eclipses.

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

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.

Event Details:

Tuesday, June 6th from 6:00 - 9:30 pm at Henry C Palmisano Nature Park Inclement weather/cloud cover date: June 8th, 2023. Any decision to postpone the program due to poor weather will be communicated via email to registered attendees by 2 pm on June 6th.

Address: 2900 South Halsted Street, 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:

  • Parking is available on West 29th Street and South Poplar Avenue
  • Access to the restrooms is available at the McGuane Park Fieldhouse on the corner of 29th and Poplar.
  • 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: Following 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!

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for everyone. Please respect diversity in individuals and in cultures.

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Thank you!

This program is presented in partnership with:

The Chicago Park District

The Chicago Astronomer Crew

The University of Chicago's Department of Astrnomy and Astrophysics

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