Free Star Party: October 6

October 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Freebies, Kids

Feeling star-struck? Take a tour of the constellations at the free and family-friendly Star Party on October 6, 2012.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center team up to host a star party on Saturday October 6 from 6 pm to 10 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, and talks on amateur astronomy and asteroids.

Apparently The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) was honored with the 2011 Out-of-this-World Award for excellence in public educational programming by Astronomy Magazine. I didn’t know that, but I do know that whenever I encounter TAAS members at public events they are always fantastically helpful and informative, and I love looking throught their telescopes. Under their excellent guidance I’ve seen some amazing sights up in the skies, and in a week when Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will be turning our eyes skyward anyway, the star party sounds like a fun way to continue the theme.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society Star Party goes into orbit:

  • When: Saturday October 6, 2012
  • Time: 6 pm – 10 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center
  • Price: Admission free!

No reservations are required. They’ll have telescopes on hand, or you’re welcome to bring your own.

This star-gazing event is suitable for children and adults, and you even don’t have to wear pointy ears. But I don’t suppose anyone will complain if you do.

If you have eagle eyes you may notice, as I do, that the Open Space event page says in one place that the party is on October 7, but all the info I have, including the TAAS own events calendar, says the evening is indeed on October 6.

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

–Tania


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