There is something magic about staring into space and attempting to absorb the vast regions above you. Astronomers once thought that the heavens were really a blanket with pin points of light peeking through. But now we know that we are truly seeing galaxies that stretch beyond what we can fathom or imagine. Here in Lake County, we have the ability to get beyond the city lights and street lamps in order to peer into outer space. Read on to find out where you and your family can try your hand at astronomy this summer.
- Fox Lake Library
August 8th, 7:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m.
255 E. Grand Ave., Fox Lake | (847) 587-0198
- Cook Memorial Public Library District
August 10, 7:00 p.m.
Aspen Drive Location, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills
- Wauconda Area Library
October 10th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
801 N. Main St, Wauconda | (847) 526-6225
- Waukegan Public Library
November 9th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
128 N. County St., Waukegan | (847) 623-2041
Worth the Trip:
Just over the border past Lake Geneva, the Yerkes Observatory owns the largest refractor telescope ever built in the world. The observatory is open for tours every Saturday, and during the week, depending on the month. Please check the observatory’s schedule for exact dates and times. Nighttime viewings are also available depending on the date and weather, beginning at 9:30 p.m. and last two hours. Nighttime viewing costs vary, and depend upon the telescope you choose. Reservations are required for nighttime viewing.
373 W. Geneva St., Williams Bay, WI | (262) 245-5555