Great news, everyone!
A lot of things are coming together for Longview's first-ever Solstice Walk through the Solar System.
If a round trip us too long a walk for you, we have a donated van to take small groups from one end to the other (thank you Phil Sari at Columbia Ford!).
Start your walk at either end, but be sure to get a passport.
What's all this about?
We're going to bring light and cheer to the longest night of the year, and welcome the start of longer days.
This free event will be 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM on the solstice, Friday December 21. We will meet at the south end of Lake Sacajawea Park and enjoy a lantern walk to the north end (about 1.6 miles).
We will follow the path on the west side of the lake, and look for the granite markers representing the sun and planets. This model solar system was a gift to the city of Longview from the Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club.
A variety of Longview and Kelso groups and clubs will set up at each planet marker, with lanterns to brighten your walk. This is a non-commercial event, just local groups and clubs pitching in to start a new Longview tradition.
It's not too late to make lanterns!
The more lanterns we have, the better!
Bring some for your self, maybe bring extras to trade.
Balloon lanterns are super cheap and easy to make, and they look great at night. Here are some ideas.
How to make balloon lanterns
How to make luminarias
... and here
More info at our Solstice page (https://www.friendsofgalileo.com/solstice.html)
Our event on Facebook
Friends of Galileo
We are astronomy enthusiasts who love to learn and to share our wonder at the amazing sights right overhead.