Astronomy Program and Star Night

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Saturday, October 14, 2017   2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The next Kartchner Caverns State Park astronomy program will be Saturday, October 14, 2017. Weather permitting, there will be solar telescopes set up starting at about 2 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a talk in the Discovery Center auditorium. We are pleased to have Dr. Kaitlin Kratter, an assistant astronomy professor from the University of Arizona as our guest speaker. Among other topics, she will discuss the exciting world of exoplanets.

Dr. Kratter's research focuses on the formation and evolution of stellar and planetary systems. Kratter employs analytic and computational techniques to tackle topics including accretion disk dynamics, binary formation, few body dynamics, and planet-disk interactions. Her current work is focused on the intersection of binary and planet formation, especially in circum-binary systems. She is also collaborating closely with observers to discover extreme mass ratio binaries, and very young multiple star systems.

 After the program, there will be viewing through the large telescopes of the Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizona. Don't miss the close-up views of the rings of Saturn,  vast hydrogen star formation regions, distant galaxies, and many other wonders of the night sky. Sunset will be at about 6:30 p.m., and bring your jackets. 

The day's programs:

2:00–5:00 p.m. Solar Viewing: Safely observe the sun through solar telescopes


5:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Dr. Kaitlin Kratter


6:30–9:00 p.m. Evening Star Viewing: In the bus parking lot next to the Discovery Center