NIGHT SKY HERKY

About the Herky

The splendor of the night sky has been a source of inspiration for all time. The constellation Orion is visible from every inhabited location on Earth, and many cultures have ascribed a brave hero to this arrangement of bright stars we know as the Hunter. According to tradition, Orion’s right arm is raised up wielding a club, so it was easy to accurately “map” the stars of the constellation onto Herky. This includes the bright stars Betelgeuse (a red supergiant star which will one day erupt as a supernova) and Rigel (the bright white star marking Orion’s left foot, which in telescopes can be seen as a beautiful double star), as well as the three stars making up his iconic Belt. As we lose more of our night skies every year to increasing light pollution, my hope is that Night Sky Herky makes people want to spend a minute gazing at and appreciating our wonderful Iowa skies on the next clear night!

 

Making the Herky

 

 

Meet the Artist

Brian Lenth

By day, I’m a driver for Iowa City Transit. In my free time, I’m an avid amateur astronomer, a musician and artist, and dad of two.

 

Meet the Artist

Brian Lenth

By day, I’m a driver for Iowa City Transit. In my free time, I’m an avid amateur astronomer, a musician and artist, and dad of two.

 

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City of North Liberty

North Liberty is connected to what matters. A thriving, family-friendly small town with easy access to big-city amenities sits in the heart of the region. Home to sweeping sunsets over backyards and open fields, great schools, neighbors you know and people you love, and a place near Hawkeye sports, world-class healthcare, performing arts and shopping in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

 

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