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Star Party at Paradise October 28, 2011

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Date: October 25, 2011
Contact: Curt Jacquot, West Area Interpreter, 360-569-6577

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park for a special "star viewing party" on Friday October 28. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. in the plaza in front of the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise. If the sky remains clear the event will last until at least 10:30 p.m. The outdoor star gazing will be made available by Tacoma Astronomical Society (TAS) volunteers and their telescopes. 

The National Park Service has come to embrace night skies as one of the many scenic vistas the agency is a steward of. It is essential to keeping a park whole and touches on almost every aspect that is important to us- from sustainability to stargazers, and animals to ancient ruins. 

If weather makes star gazing difficult the party will be canceled. Please contact the Longmire Museum at (360) 569-6575 in the afternoon on Friday for a weather/cloud update. After the Museum closes at 4:30 p.m. a recorded message there will provide information about the star party status. 

If you have questions, please contact Park Ranger Curt Jacquot at (360) 569-6577. 

Information about the Tacoma Astronomy Society is found online at http://www.tas-online.org/

General park information is available at www.nps.gov/mora or by calling 360-569-2211.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Artist rendering of the Osceola Mudflow releasing from Mount Rainier.

About 5,600 years ago the summit and northeast face of Mount Rainier fell away in a massive landslide accompanied by volcanic explosions. The Osceola Mudflow, a towering wall of mud and rock, thundered down the White River Valley where it deposited 600' of debris eventually reaching the Puget Sound.