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Valle de Oro Public Star Party

Friday Aug 30, 2019

7851 Second Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
US

Cost:

FREE

Ages:

ALL-AGES!

Contact:

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society

Phone: N/A
Website: Click to Visit

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VALLE DE ORO PUBLIC STAR PARTY-BOSQUE STARGAZING!
CO-HOSTED BY VALLE DE ORO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE &
THE ALBUQUERQUE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 - 6-10 p.m.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This offering of a public star party with TAAS telescopes and the expertise of its members is in support of the Valle de Oro NWR, as it pursues an Urban Dark-Sky certification and hopes to present a better view of the night sky at a site not very far from Albuquerque.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a gathering at the Outdoor Classroom, and at 6:30 p.m. a driving tour of the refuge will point out natural features and describe the history of the area; the tour will end with a short guided hike to the river.

Until 7:15 p.m., specially filtered solar telescopes will offer safe views of the Sun until it sets behind the cottonwoods by the river. The stargazing part of the event begins when the sky becomes dark around 8 p.m. (sunset is at 7:36 p.m.). At that time, welcoming remarks will be announced and a brief sky tour will orient visitors to the visible constellations, and observing will target Jupiter, Saturn, nebulae and star clusters with a variety of telescopes and binoculars until ending at 10 p.m.

This free event is completely outdoors in an undeveloped area, so wear appropriate shoes and bring layers of clothing for any chill that may occur. Only use flashlights/headlamps with red lights or cover flashlights with layers of red cellophane.

If the sky is mostly cloudy, observing will be canceled, and the event will end at 8:00pm; if the weather is questionable, check the TAAS Facebook page.

Directions: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is located at 7851 2nd St., SW. Enter the refuge through the property's east gate. Watch for a brown welcome sign before you turn into the refuge property. Follow signs to outdoor classroom after 6 p.m. on August 30th.l

 

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