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            The public is invited to Frank’s Hill in southern Richland County for a special event on Saturday, June 22, when the setting sun on the longest of day of the year will be viewed from a small knoll peppered with effigy mounds in southern Richland County.  The property, owned by Frank Shadewald, is located on STH 193 just off STH 60, a few miles west of Muscoda.  Area residents are invited to join the group for discussion of the alignment of the calendar mounds with the sun and to view the setting sun and night skies in observance of the summer solstice.  Solar System Ambassador, John Heasley and the Iowa County Astronomers will have a telescope available for stargazing.  Participants should arrive at 7:00 pm for the discussion and a tour of the mounds or may arrive at 8:00 pm to view the sunset with night sky watching to follow.
            Sunset will be around 8:45 at its northernmost point for the year in the northwest.  There will be a full moon rising around 8:00 close to its southernmost point in the southeast.  This full moon is often called the Honey Moon or Strawberry Moon.  The summer full moon does not travel as high in the sky as the winter full moon.  The light passes through more of our atmosphere giving it a golden or honey color.  The moon is at one of its closer point to Earth and could appear slightly larger, while the sun is approaching its most distant point for the year.  Viewers should be able to see Venus in the west and Saturn in the south.

            Participants should bring their own food, drink and insect repellent.  Directions to Frank’s Hill area as follows; from the north end of the Muscoda bridge at the intersection of STH 80 & 60, drive west on Hwy. 60 for two miles and turn north on STH 193.  Park by the first gate on the east side of the road, a short distance from Hwy. 60, and walk to the top of the hill.  For questions regarding the event, Shadewald may be reached by telephone at (608) 739-3079.

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