Hang out with the stars (2014)
Prineville Reservoir Star Party set for May 31
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn share the night sky with colorful star clusters, nebulae and distant galaxies at Prineville Reservoir State Park, Saturday, May 31. The party begins at 1 p.m. with a variety of astronomy-related exhibits and activities in the day-use area. Gather by the permanent observatory housing “Big Doug,” a 16-inch telescope. The event is free.
“Central Oregon skies are typically clear and dark, which makes for unforgettable views of night sky objects,” said Paul Patton, a resource specialist with Oregon State Parks. “The annual star party is a great summer activity for families to enjoy.”
Stargazers can peer through Big Doug and other telescopes provided by professional and amateur astronomers beginning at 10 p.m. A 30-minute orientation — “A Guided Tour of the Night Sky” — will precede the viewing.
2 p.m. “Cosmological Communication”
3 p.m. “Interactive Space Art,” by John Foster, renowned space artist and photographer
4 p.m. “Prehistoric Stars; Prehistoric Oregon”
Safe solar viewing opportunities will also be offered throughout the day, as well as children’s activities focused on rocketry, astronomy and stargazing.
7 p.m. Combating “Sky Pollution,” by the International Dark Sky Association
8 p.m. “More Earths Than You Can Count,” the search for habitable planets outside our solar system by Dr. Jan Dabrowski, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Marylhurst University.
10 p.m. Stargazing