Friday Oct 25, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Contact:Albuquerque Astronomical Society
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VALLE DE ORO PUBLIC STAR PARTY
CO-HOSTED BY VALLE DE ORO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE &
THE ALBUQUERQUE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 - 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--arrive early to park in daylight. The stargazing part of the event begins when the sky becomes dark around 7 p.m. (sunset is at 6:15 p.m.). At that time, welcoming remarks will be announced and a brief sky tour will orient visitors to the visible constellations; observing will target Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, 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 the fall chill. 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 8:00 p.m.; if the weather is questionable, check www.taas.org.
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 October 25th.
See maps on www.taas.org