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Contact: Tim Cruze, 806-857-3151
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monuments will host the third and final in the Star Party series for the year on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Join us for an evening of star gazing at the Alibates Visitor Center. Ranger conducted activities will begin at 7:00 p.m. for children wishing to earn their Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch. The Junior Ranger activity will be followed by a theater presentation at 7:30 p.m. and the outdoor viewing will begin around 8:00 p.m.
Arthur Schneider, Professor Emeritus at Amarillo College, will give an interpretive program on the night sky and stars of the Texas Panhandle. His program will will begin with a presentation in the Alibates Visitor Center Theater, followed by an outdoor viewing in the parking lot. A 16" reflecting telescope will be provided, which will allow participants to observe star clusters, planets, and galaxies. Professor Schneider will guide visitors in observing the night sky with telescopes, binoculars, and the naked eye assisted by Park Rangers.
The focus of the evening will be our solar system, starting with Neptune. The ice giant Neptune was the first planet located through mathematical predictions rather than through regular observations of the sky. Telescopes will show star clusters, galaxies, and the planet Uranus.
Participants should bring outdoor clothing, and lawn chairs - refreshments will be provided. All activities are free and open to the public. In case of inclement or cloudy weather, only the outdoor viewing portion of the program will be cancelled.
Sign up today for the star party. For reservations, call Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Headquarters at 806-857-3151. For more information, please contact the Alibates Visitor Center at 806-857-6680.