The Sun- Moon- and Stars Above the Santa Fe Trail
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Contact: Lorenzo Vigil, Lorenzo_vigil@nps.gov 505-425-8025
"The Sun, Moon, and Stars Above the Santa Fe Trail"
Come join the rangers at Fort Union National Monument on Sunday, May 20, 2012 between 6:00PM and 9:30PM for a special astronomy program entitled "The Sun, Moon, and Stars Above the Santa Fe Trail."During the program, visitors will have the opportunity to witness the first solar eclipse that will be observable in the United States in over 18 years. Specialized solar viewing glasses will be available for this event. Afterwards, visitors will explore the beauty of the night sky while viewing the stars, constellations, and planets through a telescope. Flashlights, bottled water, and seasonal clothing are recommended for this free event.
Fort Union National Monument is located near Watrous, NM exit 366 off I-25, 8 miles west on NM-161. For further information contact the park at (505) 425-8025 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/foun.
Did You Know?
The community of Loma Parda, a few miles from Fort Union, was a favorite hangout for soldiers. Julian Baca's dance hall, with its casino and cantina, was the center of social life. Two orchestras played in 12-hour shifts and soldiers danced with local women.