You’re invited to connect with the cosmos alongside your neighbors.
Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center is kicking off this year’s star parties.
The event is free this Saturday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
You can enjoy a variety of astronomy-themed activities for all ages, including looking at the night sky through a high-powered telescope and making your own star chart.
Schedule of Activities:
- 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Join members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and their high-powered telescopes to safely observe Earth’s closest star, the sun! The telescopes are designed for safe observing of the sun. TAAS members will be on hand to show people what to look for and offer information on the forces and elemental makeup of the cosmos.
- 7:00 p.m.: In the Kiva Room, Phil Fleming will give a presentation on the TAAS Fabulous Fifty, the stars and constellations of the seasonal skies.
- 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: TAAS members will share their telescopes for night sky viewing on the back patio of the Visitor Center. Guests will be treated to the beauty of the later winter and early spring skies, including Mars, Uranus, a waxing gibbous moon, and deep sky objects.
- Ongoing through the evening:
- Make your own star chart of the evening’s observations that you can keep and use in your own backyard.
- Boris Venet will be on hand providing optics demonstrations of the lens configurations which make telescopes possible.
- Explore unique astronomy exhibits by TAAS members.
- Relax in the media room and watch episodes of “Cosmos” with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
What to Bring: Please come prepared with jackets for the chilly evening weather, red light headlamps or flashlights to find your way while preserving night vision, and a sense of curiosity and wonder!