International Dark Sky Park to Host Star Party

March 24, 2022

PHOENIX – Kartchner Caverns State Park invites the public to see wonders of the night sky at a Star Party astronomy event on April 2, 2022 from noon to 9 p.m. 

This state park is designated an International Dark Sky Park for possessing an exceptional  quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and public enjoyment, according to the International Dark Sky Association.

The Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizona will provide telescopes for the public to view celestial objects, from the rings of Saturn to solar flares.

Solar viewing begins at noon, and a presentation by Dolores Hill from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the park's Discovery Center. Stargazing begins after dark. 

Visitors are asked to bring a red light flashlight to protect everyone’s night vision or get a red light filter from the park rangers, and to dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is Kartchner Caverns State Park’s entrance fee of $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). 

WHAT: Star Party astronomy event

WHERE: Kartchner Caverns State Park, 2980 S Hwy 90, Benson, Ariz. 85602 

WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 2, 2022 from noon to 9:00 p.m.


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