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    Craters Of The Moon

    National Monument & Preserve Idaho

Star Party

Star Party
exploring the night sky
Dave Clark

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News Release Date: June 17, 2014
Contact: visitor center staff, 208-527-1335

Join experts from the National Park Service and the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society June 27 & 28 to experience the universe under the naturally dark skies at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve.

Each night will begin with a presentation about the night sky and Craters of the Moon's "unearthly" connections. Join the monument's Astronomy Ranger in the campground amphitheater at 9:30 p.m. for this 45 minute program. Then head to the Caves Area parking lot for telescope viewing of the skies above. Viewing will begin after 10 p.m. and continue as long as the sky allows. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

"Craters of the Moon is far from the glowing lights of large cities," according to Superintendent Dan Buckley. "That remoteness allows for great views of the Milky Way under exceptionally dark skies."

Buckley noted that the monument's campground frequently fills during these popular late-night events and recommends campers arrive early to get a campsite.

Did You Know?

Alan Shepard on the moon

In 1969 Apollo astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, Joe Engle and Eugene Cernan visited Craters of the Moon. They explored the lava landscape in order to learn the basics of volcanic geology in preparation for future trips to the moon. More...