Nov. 10, 2012: 6th Annual Night Under The Stars: An Official AZ Centennial Event
Alamo Lake State Park is one of Arizona’s best kept secrets. The stark desert beauty is reflected off the water where cacti dot the mountainous landscape that surround the lake. Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley, the park offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. On November 10, 2012 we will be holding our 6th Annual Night Under the Stars Star Party, an official Arizona Centennial Event. Reserve campsites online. Download Event Flier ( 1 MB PDF)
At the event, please note that no flash photos are allowed after dark to protect everyone's night vision. Please bring a red flashlight or for a small donation mini-red LED flashlights will be available at the event.
Afternoon Program, Noon - 3 pm
Solar Viewing, Mercury & Venus Viewing, Night Sky Network Information Tent
Evening Program, 5:15 pm
Observational Astronomy Slide Presentation with JD Maddy, President, Astronomers of Verde Valley
Star Viewing, 6 - 10 pm
View the skies through telescopes!
Astro Photography Intro Workshop, 10 pm
Intro to Astro Photography using a Hyperstar & a digital SLR camera. The Flame & Horsehead Nebulae astro photo (at right) was taken at a previous event! See the Astro Photos taken in 2010
What to Bring
Water, snacks, red light, sweater or jacket, enthusiasm to enjoy and conserve our beautiful night skies!
$7 per vehicle (up to four adults) for the night of viewing, instruction and family fun. Camping is available at the park (additional fee). Reserve campsites online.
Event supported by Astronomers of Verde Valley (AstroVerde.org ). Alamo Lake SP is a proud member of the Global Star Park Network (see info below). Open invitation to Arizonan astronomy clubs: Help us continue to grow this annual event. Free, primitive camping sites are offered to participating astronomy clubs and individuals who bring a telescope to the Star Party. To register as a participating astronomer please email or call JD at jd(at)astroverde.org or call (602) 672-2032.
Attilla Danko has created a Clear Sky Chart for the park which is an astronomer's forecast. At a glance, it shows when it will be cloudy or clear for up to the next two days. It's a prediction of when Alamo Lake State Park will have good weather for astronomical observing. Learn More about the Clear Sky Chart
Alamo Lake Added to Global Star Park Network!
On March 3, 2011, Alamo Lake State Park (with the Astronomers of Verde Valley) & Kartchner Caverns State Park (with the Huachuca Astronomy Club) were the first state parks in the United States to be granted the "One Star at a Time" award and became a member of the Global Star Park Network. This award acknowledges the public stargazing events held at both parks in an effort to increase awareness of astronomy and preserving dark skies for future generations. The awards were presented by the StarLight Initiative, the One Star at a Time organization and Astronomers Without Borders. The Global Star Park Network aims to protect night environments, educate the public, and improve human habitat.
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- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge