Stargazers are in for a treat on Saturday. The Sanford Museum, along with the O'Brien County Prairie Heritage Center, will be presenting a joint Astronomy Night.
This event will mark the first time that the two institutions have had an opportunity to work together.
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday the Sanford Museum will present its regular planetarium show, as well as several activity stations for the younger astronomers. These stations will include star charts and consolation sheets, and a sun spot viewer.
The museum staff will be demonstrating the learning stations, along with O'Brien County Naturalist Charlene Elyen, who will present a station on the distance and size of stars and plants and will explain why things that are so big look so small.
Events will then continue at the Prairie Heritage Center at 8 p.m. There the public is invited to the Prairie Heritage Center with a night sky viewing using the Sanford Museum's telescope. Weather will determine if events will be held on Saturday night but regardless of rain or shine, events scheduled at the Sanford Museum will be held.
According to the Sanford Museum's Director, Linda Burkhart, the joint operation came about when Elyen contacted her. Elyen had recently taken some astronomy courses and one of her assignments was to work with a neighboring institution. When Burkhart heard of the idea she jumped at the chance to work with the Prairie Heritage Center.
For more information call the Sanford Museum at 225-3922 or the Prairie Heritage Center at 295-7200.
The Sanford Museum is located at 117 W. Willow St. in Cherokee and the Prairie Heritage Center is located at 4931 Yellow Ave 3 ½ miles northwest of Peterson or 4 ½ miles southeast of Sutherland on Hwy. 10.