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We're Bucking the Trend --- Instead of Star Wars, We're Star Trekking at the Dickinson County Nature Center
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We're Bucking the Trend --- Instead of Star Wars, We're Star Trekking at the Dickinson County Nature Center

May the force be with you.

Wait, we weren’t going to do “Star Wars.”

To infinity and beyond.

No, that’s “Toy Story.”

Space, the final frontier.

There we go; that’s “Star Trek,” and is the perfect quote for the Dickinson County Conservation Board’s new Star Trekking program, beginning 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, with a presentation on the Quadrantids meteor shower.

The annual Quadrantid shower is the perfect subject with which to start the Star Trekking series, because it is the first meteor show of the year, with its peak Jan. 3-4 in 2016.

There really are meteors falling all the time, but this will be a time when a particular comet is flying around, and this is the debris from that comet,” said naturalist Charles Vigdal.

At its peak, midnight-3 a.m. Jan. 4, the Quadrantid shower will have about forty meteors per hour, and during the program at the nature center, some should still be visible.

The nature center will host six Star Trekking programs in 2016, focusing on spectacular celestial events. Dickinson County naturalists will present on a variety of topics aimed at ages eight through adult, from simple subjects like constellations and what a meteor shower really is, to more in-depth narratives on the International Space Station and exoplanets.

People who attend the Star Trekking programs will be able to leave with a basic knowledge of astronomy that they can then put into daily use when viewing the night sky. They will know when meteor showers are throughout the year, how to find basic constellations and what seasonal patterns they follow and even when to spot planets in the sky.

Vigdal enjoys the topic of astronomy and is looking forward to sharing that interest with others.

“We live in a cosmic community,” he said. “You belong to the Planet Earth. The Planet Earth belongs to the solar system. The solar system belongs to the Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way Galaxy belongs to the universe.”

Mark your calendars for the next 2016 Star Trekking events as well:

                8:30 p.m. March 8: Jupiter at Opposition

                8:30 p.m. May 6: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

                8:30 p.m. Aug. 5: Perseids Meteor Shower

                8:30 p.m. Oct. 21: Orionids Meteor Shower

                8:30 p.m. Dec. 13: Geminids Meteor Shower and Supermoon

The entire 2016 program calendar for the Dickinson County Nature Center is available for download on the website.

The nature center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 2279 170th St. in Okoboji. For more information, call 712-336-6352, e-mail or check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Stellar stuff! Thanks for the post!
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    1. kroth
      "Stellar!" Creative!
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