This Saturday, you can get the best view of the skies ever seen around the peninsula at a unique open house at the Leif Evenson Observatory in Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Astronomical Society is hosting the event at the Ray and Ruthie Stonecipher Astronomy Center within Crossroads at Big Creek. A new 17-inch PlaneWave telescope was installed last month, and President Dave Lenius says visitors will be amazed at the capabilities of the new capital improvement project that cost about $75,000 to install.
The event will also feature children's activities, including a "crater drop" to demonstrate how craters were formed on the moon. Planetarium shows will simulate night skies from 3 pm until dark. If skies are clear on Saturday evening, the telescope will be up and running with live images shown on the big screen in the Astronomy Center. The Leif Erickson Observatory is located on the astronomical campus just off Highway 42/57 on Utah Street.