Astronomy Jamboree to be held August 22

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DECATUR – The Macon County Conservation District is giving community members a chance to get a better look at the night sky.

The district is holding its 31st Annual Astronomy Jamboree on Saturday, August 22 from 7 – 9 PM at Friends Creek Conservation Area. Attendees will be able to look at the sky through telescopes, create astronomy-themed crafts, hear Greek and Native American stories about the night sky and roast marshmallows.

This year’s theme is “Catch a Falling Star.” Presenter Jeff Tish will give event goers a tour of the night sky from the life of a star to how objects in space affect people on Earth.

“Friends Creek Conservation Area allows us to get away from bright city lights and see the stars and planets at their best. Regardless of the weather, we’ll have a fun evening planned for you,” Tish says.

Catch a Falling Star is free and open to all ages, but registration is required by Friday, August 21, at 5 PM to create crafts. Anyone can register online at the website here. Large organized groups should call ahead to 217-423-7708. Campgrounds are available as well.

Friends Creek Conservation Area is located 13734 Friends Creek Park Road in Argenta, IL.

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