See the Wonders of the Cosmos at Kartchner Caverns State Park's Astronomy Program on October 1

September 20, 2016

PHOENIX - Kartchner Caverns State Park will hold their next astronomy program on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The fun begins with the Huachuca Astronomy Club who will set up solar telescopes starting at about 1 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a talk by Ken Zoll, Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeological Center, in the Discovery Center Auditorium. Then around 7 p.m., view wonders of the night sky through the Astronomy Club's telescopes.

Mr. Zoll has studied archaeological sites across the region and will discuss the results of his research in Archaeo-Astronomy in Arizona. During the program, he will show the link between pictographs and astronomical events.

The Huachuca Astronomy Club will have solar telescopes set up for observing the sun in the early afternoon. If the skies are clear, visitors will see close-ups of sunspots and prominences through specially filtered astronomical telescopes. After sunset, look through the Astronomy Club's telescopes to view Saturn, Mars, the Hercules star cluster (M13) and many other night objects. Please bring a jacket for the evening viewing.

The cost is the $7 per vehicle park entrance fee. Guided cave tours and camping will also be available but should be reserved in advance for an additional cost. Visit or call (520) 586-2283 for more information.

WHAT: Astronomy Program including Solar viewing, Night Star Party and Guest Speaker.

WHERE: Kartchner Caverns State Park - Located on Highway 90, nine miles south of I-10 near Benson.

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016

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