Do you love catching glimpses of celestial bodies in the open sky? Then get ready because in 2023 an exciting planetary event is coming to Iowa. While stargazing in Iowa, you can usually spot a planet or two — but an unexpected planet will be joining the party for three days this year. January 30, May 29, and September 22 are the best times to see Mercury with the naked eye as the planet closest to the Sun reaches its greatest western elongation. You can catch a glimpse of this planet almost anywhere with a telescope, but if you want the best possible view, head to one of the top stargazing spots in Iowa.
Planning on stargazing in Iowa this year when Mercury is in the air? Tell us where you are going and how you will make it an unforgettable event in the comments! To learn more about Iowa’s most famous observatory, visit the Ashton Observatory website. You can also visit the state’s official website for more information about Nine Eagles State Park. For more unexpected adventures in 2023, check out this list of hidden gems.
Address: Nine Eagles State Park, 23678 Dale Miller Rd, Davis City, IA 50065, USA
Address: Ashton Observatory, 0122100004, Mingo, IA 50168, USA