Universe in the Park at Wildcat Mountain State Park
Universe in the Park is an event led by students from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The event started at 8 pm with a 20 minute slide show presentation on the Andromeda Galaxy and how it will collide with our very own Milky Way Galaxy. Don't be scared though, this won't happen for about 4 billion years. We learned what galaxies were made of and what the difference between a spiral galaxy (which the Milky Way is) and an elliptical galaxy. After the slide show concluded, a question and answer session took place. Number one topic, black holes.
Setting up for the slide show in the Nature Building
After the question and answer session we headed outdoors to look at the sky. The students brought along a pretty awesome telescope and with it we were able to see Saturn, Mars, and some globular clusters. Pretty exciting stuff.
Special thanks to the students from UW-Madsion: Ben Tofflemire, David French, Claire Murray, and Jenna Ryon.
We were able to get a picture of the Big Dipper. See it?