Orchard hosts stargazing event during meteor shower

MAPLE PARK – Looking for a spectacular summer show? Look no further than the night sky. In mid-August, the annual Perseid meteor shower will radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky, and Northern Illinois University's STEM Cafe will be there to watch it.j

STEM Cafe will present "Star Gazing at the Orchard" from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road in Maple Park. At this free, family-friendly event, NIU experts Daniel Stange, Dr. David Hedin, and Dr. Sheldon Turner will discuss everything from NASA’s latest missions, to the meteor shower, to the ex-planetary status of Pluto. After the talks, attendees are welcome to use NIU’s telescopes or bring their own telescopes to get a better view of meteors.

STEM Cafe coordinator Judith Dymond says Kuiper’s Family Farm offers the perfect mix of ingredients for a great stargazing event.

“The orchard is absolutely beautiful, and it’s located in the rolling hills outside of Maple Park so there is very little light pollution to spoil our view of the meteor shower,” Dymond said.

For the STEM Cafe, Kuipers is preparing a special dinner menu. Food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

NIU STEM Outreach’s series of monthly STEM Cafes are free and open to the public. Learn more about STEM Cafes and other events at or contact Judith Dymond at or 815-753-4751.

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