Learn about Black Holes at Kartchner Caverns State Park's Star Party on March 12

February 29, 2016

PHOENIX - Kartchner Caverns State Park will hold their next astronomy program on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Weather permitting, there will be solar telescopes set up starting at about 1 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a talk in the Tenen & Tufts Theater located in the Discovery Center. The guest speaker will be University of Arizona and Steward Observatory Astronomer, Dr. Kevin Hainlinewho will discuss "Hunting for Supermassive Black Holes."

The talk by Dr. Hainline will discuss black holes, objects so massive that not even light that gets caught inside their reach can escape. He will describe how astronomers have been finding black holes with a variety of cutting edge techniques, with a focus on his own work searching for supermassive black holes. The intense gravity from these objects can serve as an engine for a powerful light source that can have a significant impact on the stars and gas throughout the galaxies that host them. Dr. Hainline will also discuss his work on the James Webb Space Telescope, which is currently being built for launch in 2018. 

After the program, there will be viewing through the telescopes of the Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizona. Expected to be in the skies for close-up views will be the planet Jupiter, the star formation region of the Great Orion Nebula, and many other wonders of the night sky. Sunset will be at about 6:30 p.m., and bring your jackets. 

For more information visit AZStateParks.com. The admission cost is the $7 park entrance fee. Guided cave tours will also be available but should be reserved in advance for an additional cost. The Park is located on Highway 90, nine miles south of Interstate 10 near Benson.Full hookup camping sites are $30 per night. Stay at the park for the whole weekend and enjoy nearby attractions in Benson, Bisbee, Sierra Vista and Tombstone.

For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877)-MYPARKS. Campsite reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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