GalileoScopes, Meteors, and Ice Cream at Hobbs State Park – Conservation AreaHobbs State Park – Conservation Area is offering a unique hands-on Astronomy workshop, Saturday August 14th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the park’s visitor center on Hwy 12 east of Rogers. Participants will build their own full-scale working model of the telescope used by Galileo 400 years ago. Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.. Cost: $35.00: Includes one Galileo Scope and instruction for up to 4 people in a group. $5.00 additional for each person over the 4-person limit. Workshop space is limited. Call to make reservations. 479-789-5000
Night sky viewing will begin at 8:15 p.m. following the workshop, and is free to anyone wishing to join in. All participants are asked to bring: One folding chair per person, binoculars, and flashlights with the lenses covered either with red cloth or a red balloon.
Meteor viewing should be very good this night. According to Dixie Androes, GalileoScope workshop coordinator, “The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at peak display.” The shower's peak usually occurs on August 13th and 14th.
As a special treat, the Good Humor man will bring the Good Humor/Breyers ice cream truck to the night viewing, offering free ice cream to all night viewers.