As of 10/1 this event is cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 the National Park Service of Salinas National Monument is hosting a Star Party at the ruins in Gran Quivira. The Lake County Astronomers travel all the way from Illinois to experience our dark skies! They will be on site with telescopes and a lot of knowledge to share and are inviting you to join them - free of cost to you! What is more spectacular than our big sky becoming dark sky with its view of the Milky Way Galaxy - something city folk may have not seen for some time!
"We come every year to see people we know and the amazing skies in New Mexico. Our goal is to look for dim objects in the southern skies. Here just outside of Chicago there is too much light pollution to see much any more," said Michael Purcell of the Lake County Astronomers. "We welcome all those who want to join us on the October 5 event!"
There just may be on hand glow sticks and stickers for the kids or maybe even adults who ask nicely...
In the spirit of a late night party, several of Mountainair lodging establishments are offering discounts for Star Party attendees. You can see them here along with additional offers!
Here is a link to space.com which offers what is in the skies to see plus advice for how to best star gaze at night.
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There will also be an "atlatl" for those who want to try their arm out.
The atlatl is an ancient spear and you can see an example in the video to the left.
Of course, there will be no live targets as long as everyone is paying attention to who is throwing what, where!
Bulls eye anyone?
For more information on attending the event, you can contact Murt Sullivan (505) 847-2290 or Mario Medina (505) 847-2770 of the National Park Service. Below is the official flyer!