Astronomy Night set for Saturday at Hannibal’s Riverview Park

Hannibal Parks and Recreation

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The sky at Riverview Park should provide the perfect background for the wonders of the night sky during Astronomy Night on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The viewing and learning experience will begin at 7 p.m. in Riverview Park, in the big grassy area between the four-way stop and the first overlook, often known as “Frisbee Field.”

Quintin Heaton, chairman of the Science Department at Hannibal High School, will lead the program. In a press release, Heaton said, “You will learn about constellations and spotting planets in the sky. The viewing will focus on visible planets and prominent stars.”

The two largest planets in the solar system will be visible. There will be a telescope to see objects deeper in space such as nebulae and other galaxies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars, telescopes and red-light flashlights for stargazing.

The Hannibal High School Environmental Club and Hannibal Parks and Recreation are the hosts of Astronomy Night.

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