GalileoScope Workshop and Night Viewing

Jill M. Rohrbach

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers offers a ton of programming for all ages, including this upcoming GalileoScope Workshop and Night Viewing at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.

Participants build their own full-scale working model of the telescope used by Galileo 400 years ago. This particular program is for those 10 years and older, and is a great family experience. It will be taught by Stuart Riley, PhD of Physics in Astronomy, who has served as an officer with the Astronomical Society of Kansas City and is now a member of the NWA Star Gazers.

The night viewing takes place after the telescope making portion of the workshop. All participants are asked to bring: a tripod for their Galileoscope, one folding chair per person, binoculars, and flashlights with the lenses covered either with red cloth or a red balloon. The cost is $35 plus tax and includes one GalileoScope and complete instructions for up to four people in a group. There is a $5 charge for each additional person over the four-person limit.

Make plans now to enjoy the splendor of an Arkansas night sky. Workshop space is limited. Call 479-789-5000 to make reservations. The park visitor center is located on Ark. 12 just east of the Ark. 12 and War Eagle Road intersection.

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