National Park Service Hosts Winter Sky Star Party January 19
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - The National Park Service will co-host a Winter Sky Star Party from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills.
"Star parties are an opportunity to connect with our beautiful night sky," said Robert Cromwell, park ranger for the National Park Service. "It just adds to the experience to have so many experts helping us interpret what we're seeing and making it understandable for all ages."
The free event will begin with the Santa Monica Mountains Ranger Band playing astronomy-themed rock music, followed by a series of family-friendly lectures and constellation tours by Cal Lutheran University Professor Mike Shaw, as well as astronomers from the National Park Service, Ventura County Astronomical Society and Griffith Observatory.
Attendees can expect to view a partial moon, Jupiter and its moons, the Orion Nebula and more.
Astronomy enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their own telescopes, if available, as well as flashlights and warm clothing.
Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road in Agoura Hills. In the event of rain, the program will be canceled. For further information, call 805-370-2301.
About Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area:
Did You Know?
A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.