Where the Dark Skies Come Out to Play in July
The Flagstaff Area National Monuments:
Where the Dark Skies Come Out to Play
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA- Sunset Crater Volcano Star Party - On Saturday, July 14, 2012, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument will offer day time solar activities, interpretive programs and night sky telescope viewing for families.
Day time activities will take place at the Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center. Night sky ranger programs and telescope viewing will take place at the Lava Flow Trail parking lot.
All of the night programs and activities are free of charge. The entrance fee for day time activities is $5.00/person for visitors 16 and over. America the Beautiful Passes are honored and sold.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
· 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Solar telescope viewing at the Sunset Crater Volcano Visitor Center.
· 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - "Observational Astronomy" Power Point presentation. Learn about the night sky and the best ways to view the stars. Lava Flow Trail parking lot at Sunset Crater Volcano.
· 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - View the stars, planets, and the Milky Way through telescopes (bring your own telescope to set up if you like). Lava Flow Trail parking lot at Sunset Crater Volcano.
Star Gazing Tip: Our night vision is very sensitive to white light. For any night time event, try using a red-light flashlight. You will be surprised at how many more stars you can see. You can make a red-light flashlight by covering an ordinary flashlight in red cellophane.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is located 12 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89 and can be reached at (928)526-0502 and www.nps.gov/sucr.
Did You Know?
The San Francisco Peaks, backdrop for Flagstaff and much of northern Arizona, were named in 1629 by Franciscan missionaries in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. This was more than 200 years before what was then a small town in California acquired a similar name.