See What Twinkles in the Sky at Catalina State Park’s Star Party on January 21

January 12, 2017

PHOENIX - If you have a sense of curiosity about what lies above us in the night sky, come to Catalina State Park for the next Star Party on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  

Imagine what you can see with the 10 big telescopes provided by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association at Catalina State Park! Some amazing solar system and deep-sky objects are expected to be in the sky. These include Venus, Mars, Uranus, Orion’s Nebula (a star nursery) and other gas clouds, Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away), double star systems, star clusters and other fascinating objects. Many of these celestial objects will also be displayed on a monitor for those with difficulty viewing through a telescope. 

Astronomers will be onsite to answer questions and discuss the elements of the night sky as darkness descends. Visitors should meet at the main trailhead parking lot and bring water, snacks, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), sweater or jacket. The cost is Catalina State Park’s Entrance Fee of $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Primitive to full hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $15 to $30 depending on the type of camping site needed. 

WHAT: Star Party – Viewing of the Stars through large telescopes 

WHERE:  Catalina State Park - Located on State Highway 77 (Oracle Road) at mile marker 81, just nine miles north of Tucson and six miles north of Ina Road.

WHEN:  Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

For information about Arizona State Parks and the many recreational, historical and cultural programs call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com.

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