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August 9, 2011

BABCOCK, Wis. - People interested in learning more about how to explore the night sky can attend an evening lecture followed by a night of star-gazing - weather permitting - next month at the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point lecturer Art Stevenson will present a brief classroom slideshow introduction to this season's constellations, bright starts and planets, on Saturday, Sept. 24. Participants will learn how to find the Milky Way, star cluster, galaxies, nebulae and other astronomical objects easily seen in the night sky without a telescope, using just binoculars and the naked eye.

Participants should arrive by 7:30 p.m. and expect the session to last until around 9:30 p.m. Dress for the weather, and bring your binoculars, or use ours. The lecture and slideshow will be held rain or shine, with night viewing depending upon conditions.

Registration is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis and is confirmed by mailing in a registration fee of $10 per person by Sept. 16. Checks should be made out to DNR-Skills Center. Include the name of each participant, and the address and daytime phone number of one person in each party. Send your registration fee to: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, PO Box 156, Babcock, WI 54413.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is located 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids on County Highway X, 1 mile north of Highway 80 near Babcock, Wisconsin on the 9,000-acre Department of Natural Resources Sandhill Wildlife Area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandhill Skills Center at: (715) 884-6335

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 09, 2011

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