The Palos Night Sky Picnic event was a delightful and memorable evening under the stars, bringing together families, friends, and astronomy enthusiasts for a night of celestial wonder. Held at Pioneer Woods in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, a designated dark-sky area known for its minimal light pollution, the event took place on the evening of September 15, 2023, and left attendees with a sense of awe and wonder.
The event kicked off in the late afternoon, as attendees began arriving at the designated picnic area. Many brought their own picnic baskets, blankets, and telescopes, ready for a night of stargazing and relaxation. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, with clear skies and a gentle breeze.
Astronomy experts and volunteers set up a range of telescopes, each trained on different celestial objects. These experts were on hand to answer questions, provide insights, and help attendees spot various celestial wonders. Whether it was looking at the sun through a solar scope or Saturn’s incredible ring and moons, everyone had the opportunity to marvel at the night sky.
As the sun set and darkness descended, the true magic of the event began. Attendees lay on their blankets, enjoying their picnics, and looked up at the starry canvas above. Throughout the evening, attendees bonded over their shared passion for astronomy, exchanging stories and experiences. Children were especially enthralled, their young minds ignited by the night sky.
In addition to stargazing, the event also featured informative presentations about astronomy, native plants, birds, and the importance of preserving dark-sky areas for insects and birds.
The Palos Night Sky Picnic event was a perfect blend of scientific discovery, natural beauty, and community spirit, reminding everyone of the importance of preserving the dark night sky for future generations.
This event was sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, DarkSky Chicago, and Sag Moraine Native Plant Community.