Oracle State Park Offers the Best Tucson-Area Stargazing

September 14, 2023

PHOENIX - If you have a sense of curiosity about the night sky, head out to Oracle State Park for the Lunar Discovery Star Party on Saturday, September 23. The park is an Internationally Designated Dark Sky Park, and offers stunning nighttime views in the Tucson area.

The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association is cohosting this event and will bring several top-notch equipment to allow attendees to view the night sky and the lunar surface. This event is s a unique opportunity to learn more about earth's natural satellite during a part of the moon cycle called "first quarter." This period is great for lunar viewing because the moon will reach its highest point in the sky right around sunset, making it easy for all to observe. Additionally, the sunlight will be hitting the moon at a wide angle, creating long shadows that reveal detailed features of the rocky surface

Astronomers will be on site to answer questions and discuss the elements of the night sky as darkness descends. Oracle State Park was the first state park designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2014. Visitors should meet at the Kannally Ranch House at the end of the park road and bring water, snacks, and your sense of adventure. Patio seating is limited, so bring a camp chair if needed. The cost is Oracle State Park’s Entrance Fee of $7 per vehicle (up to four adults).

WHAT: Lunar Discovery Star Party – Viewing the stars through large telescopes

WHERE:  Oracle State Park Kannally Ranch House – 3820 Wildlife Drive, Oracle, AZ

WHEN:  Saturday, September 23, 2023 – 7-9:00 p.m.

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