The night sky comes alive during the Confluence Tower’s April Stargazing program slated for 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 24.
Join amateur astronomer Steve Sands as he leads stargazers through the night sky showcasing planets, stars and constellations visible over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. As an added bonus, arrive promptly at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy sunset over the rivers’ confluence from the top level of the tower 150 feet above the ground. Then turn your eyes to the night sky and discover the location of stars and planets in the galaxy as they make their appearance throughout the evening. Telescopes will be available to help with viewing. Admission is $5 per person and includes unlimited trips up the tower. Cameras are welcome.
Sands, a member of the St. Louis Astronomical Society, will help visitors identify activity in the night sky and answer questions throughout the event.
“Viewing the night sky from the tower’s top level is a great experience,” said Deanna Barnes, project manager for the village of Hartford. “We are so fortunate to be able to see the beauty of the solar system here without the glare of city lights. And Steve does a great job explaining the mysteries of the cosmos.”
The tower is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays from and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Guided tours are available throughout the day. Admission to the tower is $4 for adults; $3 for adults over 62, active military and veterans; $2 for children age 12 and younger; and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
For information about the Confluence Tower and to get the full event schedule, call (618) 251-9101 or visit the events page at www.confluencetower.com.