Stargazing at Trantina Farm - October 13, 2017
Experience Stargazing at the Trantina Farm and celebrate the International Dark Sky recognition of the Village of Homer Glen by spending a fall evening with the stars!
The Village of Homer Glen and Homer Township will host a fall stargazing event on Friday, October 13, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Homer Township’s historic Trantina Farm in Homer Township. The Trantina Farm is located at 15744 West 151st Street in Homer Township East of the intersection of Gougar Road and 151st Street. The event is coordinated by the Homer Glen Environment Committee with the assistance of the Homer Glen Emergency Management Agency, Homer Township and Will County School District 92.
11th Biannual Stargazing
This is the 11th biannual stargazing event at the Trantina Farm. During this fall stargazing event, constellations and celestial views will be highlighted thanks to amateur astronomers from the Kankakee Area StarGazers, the Naperville Astronomical Association, and the South West Astronomy Observers Group. These groups will have their large telescopes available for free viewing. They will feature astronomical beauties such as Saturn, Sagittarius, Cygnus the Swan, Hercules, the Ring Nebula M57, and the Milky Way.
Dark Sky Community in Illinois
As the 4th International Dark Sky Community, the fall stargazing event is a way for the Village to bring the wonders of the night sky to the public. The Village is the first to be designated as a Dark Sky Community in Illinois and also the first community East of the Mississippi River. The Village received this award from the International Dark Sky association because of its "exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of quality lighting codes, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies".
For more information call the Village of Homer Glen at 708-301-0632.
Praise Regarding the Village's Night Sky Protection from a Homer Glen Resident
"For the second year in a row I attended the Stargazing event held at Trantina Farm with my grandson, Liam, who is 8 years old. Thanks to this event, he has become an astronomy buff and is saving his money for his own telescope. The number of people that attended this year was impressive (and included a number of neighbors), well overflowing the regular parking lot. The astronomy members from the Kankakee Area Stargazers, the Naperville Astronomical Association, and the South West Astronomy Observers Group, came from some distance to share their knowledge and enthusiasm and are an impressive group. They provide a great variety of sights from the Moon to Venus and Saturn and the Ring Nebula. Every one of these astronomy volunteers commented on how great the sky was in Homer Glen. A few of them talked about how difficult it is anymore to find any dark sky in the metropolitan area.
Our commitment to minimizing light pollution in our community is a great asset and one that contributes to our quality of life. Once lost, we can never get it back, so thank you for your continuing efforts in protecting our environment." Ken Lomasney Homer Glen, IL