The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford
HARTFORD – Discover the beauty and mysteries of the nighttime sky during an evening with the stars at The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 5.
Steve Sands, a member of the St. Louis Astronomical Society, once again will host the all-ages event. Tickets are $5 per person. View the nighttime sky from 150 feet high above the ground and away from big city lights at the tower at 435 Confluence Tower Drive in Hartford.
Sands, an astronomer, will offer tips and guide guests to the best possible viewing positions. The best way to stargaze includes having a large field of view, which is exactly what visitors will get from atop the tower.
Visitors can arrive at about 7 p.m. Although the event begins at 8 p.m., the earlier arrival time is recommended so people can adjust to the darkness, which provides the optimum viewing experience.
Normal tower business hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours are available throughout the day. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under, and children 2 and under are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
The tower is searching for dedicated volunteers to help out during the busy summer months. For information, call (618) 251-9101 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com.