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Branched Oak Observatory is ending our 2023 observing season with what promises to be an amazing night of celestial wonders! Bundle up warm and join us for the last public star party of the year.

You will have the opportunity to see Planets Jupiter and Saturn, view the amazing Andromeda Galaxy, the beautiful Seven Sisters Star Cluster, and later in the evening, the Great Orion Nebula.

We are welcoming a SPECIAL GUEST Saturday night! Author of the Children’s Astronomy Book “Total Solar Eclipse – A Stellar Friendship Story,” Jayme Sandberg!

Jayme will be available to sign your copy of the book early in the evening between 8:00 and 9:30PM (the Star Party continues until 11PM). Books will be available for sale during the signing, and Branched Oak Observatory will include *two* pairs of Solar Eclipse Glasses with each purchase (for the April 8th, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse).
  • No Registration
  • Open to Everyone
  • Arrive Anytime Between the Times Given
  • Stay for the Entire Event or As Long As You Want
  • No Park Permit Required
  • No Telescope Needed – You are welcome to bring your own equipment!

Confirmed BOO Volunteers and their Assignments For the Evening: 

Michael Sibbernsen – ESSMO and Sky-Tours

Matthew Anderson – Front Door Greeter 

Carol Wells – MPC Programming- Planisphere activity, Meteorites, etc.

Ana Erikson – MPC Programming- Planisphere activity, Meteorites, etc.

David Dickinson – Field Greeter / Outdoor Telescope Observations (eVscope).

Kendra Sibbernsen – Outdoor Telescope Observations (eVscope).

Caelum Hubl – Boller-Sivill Observatory Lead

Nitin Kushwaha – Boller-Sivill Observatory 

Bob Finke – Gift Shop

Holly Hladik – MPC Programming- Guest Author/Book Signing Facilitator

Doug Buhrman – Jumbo Binoculars

Paul Spiker – Outdoor Telescope Observations 

ATTN BOO Volunteers and Local AstronomersWe need you! Additional assistance needed for the following stations…

Outdoor Telescope Observations (use your own or use our 12″ Dob).  Contact Michael Sibbernsen at info@branchedoakobservatory.com OR Brian Sivill at nanoamps@gmail.com if you would like to help. Thank you!

Volunteers: please check back here (as well as your messages) for event confirmation, cancelation, or postponement announcements.

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