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Family Glow Walk/Run to light up the night

August 31, 2017
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Photo by Eirik Solheim Families are glowing to have a good time during the premier Family Glow Walk/Run this October. The Bedell Family YMCA, Dickinson County Nature Center and Pearson Lakes Art Center have partnered to put together this fun family event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. “The sun will set, and the ...

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December’s supermoon and the Geminids meteor shower

December 1, 2016
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The closest supermoon since 1948 showed up in November, but was it really that big of a deal? Supermoons actually aren’t all that rare. The term just means a full moon the closely coincides with the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit, and to most people, a supermoon ...

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Spot Orion in the sky and see some meteors this month

October 5, 2016
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Think of the constellation Orion, and we often think of the hunter’s belt, but come October, the constellation also means meteors. This year’s Orionids meteor shower peaks on the morning of Friday, Oct. 21, and naturalist Charles Vigdal will focus on the shower during his next Star Trekking program at 8:30 ...

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Learn about the best meteor shower of the year

July 22, 2016
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Just look up. Meteors will streak through the night sky at the beginning of August, and you can learn all about these upcoming celestial events during the next Star Trekking program 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. The August program will surround the upcoming Perseids ...

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View the Eta Aquarids meteor shower May 6

April 29, 2016
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Halley’s Comet won’t return to the Earth’s vicinity until 2061, but people will be able to see its remnants this week. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet. “The meteors are basically the Earth going through the tail of Halley’s Comet,” said Dickinson ...

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Jupiter is visible in the night sky

February 26, 2016
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It looks like a vivid star in the eastern sky, rising as the sun sets, but what you’re really seeing is the planet Jupiter on its closest approach to Earth. Jupiter reaches opposition on Tuesday, March 8, and naturalist Charles Vigdal will help you find it in the sky during the ...

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Star Trekking program begins in 2016 with Quadrantids meteor shower

December 22, 2015
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While talking about the new Star Trekking program at the Dickinson County Nature Center, naturalist Charles Vigdal flipped through his worn copy of “Night Sky: A Field Guide to the Constellations.” The cover was a little bent, and the pages were full of slips of paper marking favorite spots. Once you come ...

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