Free SkyWatch at the Museum of Science and Industry on May 2

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Welcome to SkyWatch on Saturday night.

A few times each year, the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., has an event where you can do just what I described. Held at their Butterfly Garden, MOSI’s Astronomy Club sets up some high-powered lenses stationed at different points and lets the public take a peek. Assuming good weather and a clear night, they’ll help you locate the most interesting sights in the sky and answer any questions you might have. It runs from 8 until 10, so this is a fun event to check out either after dinner or before you head out somewhere else. And like I said, it’s free.

They only have SkyWatch events a few times a year (and the next one isn’t until September) so take advantage of it Saturday night.

Isn’t it nice to look up at the sky on a clear night and admire the moon and constellations? Maybe, but the truth is you won’t get to see much detail even if you have perfect eyesight. Plus, most people don’t know all that much about astronomy, so aside from picking out the Big Dipper (which I can’t even find) do you even know what you’re looking at?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place with high-powered telescopes to guarantee vivid images, and maybe experienced people around to tell you what to look for and exactly where to find it in the sky? Oh, and all this should be free, of course.

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