Hagerman Star Party


By KMVT News

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

May 31, 2014

Location: Visitor Center and Oregon Trail Overlook

Event Description

Join us on Saturday, May 31st in rediscovering the Night Sky as one of the 25th Anniversary events celebrating Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.

On November 18, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation creating our national monument. This celebration on May 31st is among the 25 different activities to commemorate the paleontological, geological and Oregon Trail heritage since the park’s inception.

Join us and explore the wonders of the universe starting at 7:30 PM in the visitor’s center. The Star Party is in three parts:

1. The Visitor Center will open at 7:30 PM. There will be free activities including: solar scope viewing, creating a sundial, building a star wheel and other learning opportunities. This is a prime opportunity to work on our newest Junior Ranger Program: Night Explorer.

2. 9:00 – 9:30 PM - Night Sky Orientation talk will be presented by Chris Anderson from the College of Southern Idaho’s Centennial Observatory.

3. Night Sky viewing at the Oregon Trail Overlook on the Monument. 9:30 PM – Leave Visitors’ Center; 9:45 – 10:00 PM – Arrive at Oregon Trail Overlook. 10:00 until…. Possible viewing targets: Moon, planets (Jupiter with 4 Galilean moons visible, Mars); brighter double stars (Algieba, Castor, Mizar, Epsilon Lyrae and Albireo; brighter star clusters; and many other wonders you need to see to believe.)

Magic Valley Astronomical Society members are assisting in this first Hagerman Star Party.

Suggested items to bring include: water, light snack, jacket, and a red flashlight. Most of all bring a thrill of discovering the universe. Come join the “Star Party”

For further information contact Carol Ash at 208-933-4125, carol_ash@nps.gov or contact the main park number at 208-933-4127 or 208-933-4105.
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