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ALPENA, MI—In partnership with the Besser Museum, Austin Brothers Brewery will be hosting “Astronomy & Ales,” a hands-on stargazing experience. Hosted by Besser Museum’s Planetarium Coordinator, Johnathan Winckowski, this adult-oriented event will take place on October 8th & 29th from 10 p.m. to midnight at Austin Brothers Brewery.


Tickets for this event can be purchased the Besser Museum, Austin Brothers, or at the event for $10 per person. These tickets also provide free admission to the Besser Museum and Planetarium. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the admission fee.


Planetarium Coordinator Johnathan will remain outside throughout the night with two powerful telescopes: a new eVscope which was acquired through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium and a 12-inch Schmidt Cassegrain. The eVscope will highlight nebula, star clusters and galaxies while the Schmidt Cassegrain will focus on bright planets such as Jupiter and Saturn, showcasing their finer details. Johnathan will provide his knowledge while giving the attendees the opportunity to view celestial objects that would otherwise be impossible to see in the city. Attendees can walk out to observe the telescopes any time during the event.


As a graduate from the University of Toledo, Johnathan received a bachelor’s degree in physics, with a conentration in astrophysics. He has worked with the Besser Museum since July 2018.


For more information, please contact the Besser Museum at (989) 356-2202 or Austin Brothers