Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Hosts First Star Party
Contact: Barbara Ford, 580-497-2742 ext. 3013
Is your telescope collecting dust or looking at a dusting of stars in the night sky? Whether you are a veteran star-gazer or looking at the night sky for the first time, Washita Battlefield invites the public to our first ever Night Sky Program on Sunday, August 31.
This last segment of the Summer Lecture Series, will feature Ranger Don Yates and his Nightscapes program followed by a star-gazing event. Ranger Yates will speak in the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site visitor center theater beginning at 5:00 pm. During this time, children will have the opportunity to become a "Junior Ranger Night Explorer." A light dinner will be served before the star party participants make their way to the viewing area.
goers should be at the viewing area by 7:00 pm. Keep in mind late arrivals may
interfere with others' night vision. Ranger Yates will present Messing
with Messier to introduce the telescopes and sky and by 8:15 pm Saturn and
Mars can be seen. The star viewing will take place at Black Kettle
Grassland Croton Creek Wildlife Viewing Area approximately 8.5 miles from the
park visitor center. Directions and details will be given during the
speaking portion of the program in the theater.
A special invitation is being extended to Astronomy Clubs and college students. Rangers encourage BYOT, bring your own telescope, but there will also be telescopes provided by the park. Please bring flashlights to navigate in the dark.
Did You Know?
Washita Battlefield Visitor Center is also home to Black Kettle National Grasslands. Black Kettle National Grasslands, a unit of the U.S. Forest Service, works along side the National Park Service to help maintain and care for Washita Battlefield National Historic Site.