Free Star Party: March 2

February 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Events, Kids

Feeling star-struck? Take a tour of the constellations and hear about comets at the free and family-friendly Star Party on March 2, 2013.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center team up to host a star party on Saturday March 2 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

They’ll be studying the heavens with the astronomers’ telescopes to get an up-close-and-personal view of the stars and planets, plus green laser guided tours of the night sky. There will be two talks by Dr. Barry Spletzer during the evening:

  • 7 pm – The basics of amateur astronomy.
  • 8 pm – A talk on comets and the PANSTARRS comet due in March and the ISON comet due in November.

Astronomy Magazine honored The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) with the 2011 Out-of-this-World Award for excellence in public educational programming. I’m not surprised because whenever I encounter TAAS members at public events they are always fantastically helpful and informative, and I’ve seen some amazing sights up in the skies under their expert guidance. They’ll have telescopes on hand, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society Star Party goes into orbit:

  • When: Saturday March 2, 2013
  • Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center
  • Price: Admission free! No reservations are required.

Note that this will be one of the last events at the Open Space Visitor Center before it closes from March 4 to April 5, 2013, to gussy itself up with improvements to the facility.

Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd NW, between Montaño and Paseo del Norte.

–Tania


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