I didn't see too many stars growing up on the dirty south coast. (Unless you count the time I told a stranger that beards went out with ethics and steam engines. I fully deserved that punch to the face. Wherever you are friend, I'm sorry.) Coming to New Mexico was like moving to the top of the world—you could reach right up and get a first-degree burn from one of those pretty little balls of fire and gas. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society is celebrating our starscape with a public star party the day before Daylight Savings Time. Featuring a star wheel activity in the lobby, a screening of Neil deGrasse Tyson's “Cosmos” in the media room and TAAS telescopes of all sizes and types on the east back patio. Featured speaker, Barry Spletzer, will give a talk on "The Science of Astrology" in the Kiva conference room at 7pm. The event is free and open to any star-crazy astro-freaks out there looking for a good time. (Joshua Lee)
Saturday March 12, 2016
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Contact:City of Albuquerque
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Activities relating to stars and a viewing of the stars with telescopes provided by TAAS.
Albuquerque will co-host a public star party! As this event occurs the day before Daylight Saving Time begins, observation opportunities benefit from an earlier dark sky. Shop in the Open Space Gift Shop – special hours for the event. Ongoing In the media room, the outstanding series "Cosmos" with Neil deGrasse Tyson will be running all evening. A star wheel activity for young and old alike in the lobby--a take-away that can be used in the actual night skies outside to locate constellations. 6:00 pm Sunset. TAAS telescopes of all sizes on the back patio to give visitors views of the stars of the spring skies 7:00 pm Barry Spletzer on “The Science of Astrology” conference room. Guaranteed to entertain and educate. On the back patio, TAAS telescopes of all sizes and types will be gathered to give visitors outstanding views of the stars of the early spring skies. Observations on the menu: the Moon as a waxing crescent, Jupiter and its moons, a touch of Uranus and many galaxies, nebulae and other deep sky objects. Please dress in layers for the chilly evening weather, red light headlamps or flashlights to find your way while preserving night vision, and a sense of curiosity and wonder!