On December 21, stargazers worldwide are invited to join the Unistellar Winter Solstice Star Party, hosted by citizen astronomers, hobbyists and professional astronomers from around the globe. Events include observations of winter’s most brilliant Deep-Sky Objects, inspiring astronomy lessons, and spectacular images from eVscope users around the globe. At the very end of the evening, Unistellar and SETI will reveal the “Nickname the Asteroid” contest winner.
The Winter Solstice Star Party features two Cosmic Tours, and you can join both if you like! Tune in to Unistellar’s Community Map (https://unistellaroptics.com/community-map/) at 3 p.m. CST for a journey to spectacular galaxies millions of light years away, or later at 7 p.m. CST experience the magic of the magnificent nebulae from our own Milky Way. You can also visit Unistellar on Facebook or YouTube, to view the videos after the events have aired.
“Explore Distant Galaxies” (90 mins)
Departs Earth at 3 p.m. CST/4 p.m. EST (10 p.m. CET)
Galaxies are sprawling systems of dust, gas, dark matter, and up to a trillion stars, held together by gravity. They are beautiful, fascinating, and just may contain extraterrestrial life. Learn about these spectacular systems and travel hundreds of millions of light years across the expanse of space and time. Professor Mike Merrifield will join live from the UK. This special guest speaker is co-host of Deep Sky Videos with Sixty Symbols and is well-known among the Unistellar community for his awesome #LockDownAstronomy Twitter feed.
The event will include an Astronomy 101 about galaxies, a presentation of galaxies from our guest speaker Mike, an audience Q&A, a look at the best galaxy images captured by eVscopes around the world, and much more!
Join the Tour at Unistellar’s Community Map, or see it on YouTube or Facebook.
“Majestic Nebulae of the Milky Way” (90 mins)
Departs Earth at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST (2 a.m. CET)
Nebulae are among the most majestic objects of the cosmos: vast, spectacular clouds of dust and gas, often where stars have died or are forming. Most nebulae visible to us are in our own Milky Way galaxy forming the beautiful building blocks for stars, planets, and other planetary system objects. This event gives you the opportunity to travel beyond what is visible to the human eye to discover and understand the colorful nebulae of the Milky Way! James Sweitzer, live from the US, will be there. James is one of the world’s best experts on planetariums and a formidable outer space storyteller.
The event will include an Astronomy 101 about Nebulae, a word from our guest speaker James, an audience Q&A, a look at some of the most spectacular Unistellar eVscope nebula images, and lastly the announcement of the winner of the Nickname the Asteroid contest!
Join the Cosmic Tour at Unistellar’s Community Map, or see it on YouTube or Facebook.
A few notes about the Unistellar Winter Solstice Star Party:
- Events are free and virtual
- Content is appropriate for all ages
- No astronomy knowledge is needed to attend
- You do not need to own a Unistellar product to join
- You do not need a YouTube login to participate
- Events will be saved and can be viewed after they end, on Facebook or YouTube
- You will not be on video during the event
- To ask questions during the event Q&A, please join via YouTube or Facebook, and simply comment with your questions