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Orion and Beyond: Winter Night Sky Tour | Everyday Environment

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Become a better star watcher.

Winter provides a beautiful, clear sky for viewing constellations, bright planets, and other interesting celestial happenings. While the constellation Orion and his belt are always a winter favorite, the red planet Mars and the Moon are the “stars” of this December’s nighttime show.

Learn about the paths of the Moon and Mars, take note of annual upcoming meteor showers, enjoy a constellation tour of the sky, and celebrate the winter solstice. Participants will not only gain astronomical knowledge, but also tools and resources for better sky watching all year long.

Your homework beforehand: get outside to observe Mars and the Moon from 9 to 10 p.m. on December 7.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Erin Garrett Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs.

Presenter: Amy Lefringhouse, Extension Natural Resources, Environment and Energy Educator

Small changes have positive impacts on the environment.

There is never a shortage of new things to learn about your everyday environment! Discover the world around you and make small changes in your lifestyle to have a positive impact on the environment.

The Everyday Environment Webinar Series is offered by University of Illinois Extension's Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy experts and features a different environmental topic each month. Do your part to protect the planet for generations to enjoy.

Missed a session? No problem! Catch up by watching the recording on Illinois Extension's YouTube channel.