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Chaco Spring Star Party

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Date: April 10, 2007
Contact: G.B. Cornucopia, (505) 786-7014 ext. 243

Superintendent Barbara West announces that Chaco Culture National Historical Park will present an observatory open house and Star Party on Saturday, May 19, 2007.  “We are pleased to present a night of spectacular astronomical viewing.  The public is invited to attend the open house and view some of the best night skies in New Mexico.” 


The Star Party will take place at the Chaco Observatory, located behind the visitor center at Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The event will begin at 8:30pm. The staff will provide views of the sun with a solar telescope and other activities during the day. 


The observatory will provide a 25" Newtonian, a 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, and an H Alpha solar telescope. These telescopes will be available for public viewing during the event.  Slide shows of digital images taken with the above telescopes will be available for viewing in the image room.  Members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will bring a variety of telescopes to be available for public viewing.


Superintendent Barbara West states “This will be a fun event for everyone.  We encourage families to bring their children to Chaco to view our dark night skies and take part in our night sky program.”


The park is approximately 70 miles south of Farmington, off Hwy 550 on County Road 7900, and 7950.


Did You Know?

Photo of Chaco Wash

Among their many accomplishments, the CCC camp at Chaco planted 80,000 trees and 80,000 shrubs at Chaco between 1939 and 1941. They also cut poles and surveyed 375 miles for telephone line, built 1018 small dikes to control erosion, and constructed 3.2 miles of entrance road. More...