STEM Café: Stargazing – Rain or Shine!

Join NIU STEM Outreach for a dazzling evening of stargazing and viewing of the annual Perseid meteor shower. These brilliant meteors radiate from the Perseus constellation and appear throughout the sky. An array of speakers will help us explore galactically exciting questions, such as, “Are we alone in the universe?” and “What does the interior of Mars look like?” Then we’ll head outside to view the night sky with telescopes and the naked eye.


Wesley Swingley, NIU Associate Professor of Biology, will discuss potential life on planets and moons in our solar system and galaxy.

Philip Carpenter, NIU Professor of Environmental Geophysics, will discuss new data about the interior of Mars gathered from the InSight mission.

Jeremy Benson, Director of NIU STEM Summer Camps, will prepare the audience to view the night sky and describe what causes a meteor shower.

This event is free and open to the public. Food and drink available for purchase.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Open Range Southwest Grill Golf View Rd, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Event Type

Community Events

Target Audience

Students, Alumni, General Public, Faculty and Staff, Prospective Students



To help with planning, we encourage people to rsvp to Judy Dymond (, 815-753-4751).

Center for P-20 Engagement, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
Contact Name

Judith Dymond

Contact Email or Phone

email or call 815-753-4751

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