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Stargazing at the Desert Outdoor Center

Saturday, September 23, 2017
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
41402 N. 87th Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85383

(602) 372-7470

Join local astronomy experts, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, on Saturday, September 23 at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant for a guided scale model walk of our solar system at 6:45 pm. Immediately following, they will share information about the universe, planets and autumnal equinox night sky. 

Learn about the constellations, planets, star clusters and nebulas as you peer through large telescopes and binoculars and enjoy stories about the night sky. The two-hour stargazing event is a great way to learn about the star clusters, nebula, colorful double stars and distant galaxies.

After the presentation, guests are invited to meander over to the professional, high-grade telescopes where they can view the springtime galaxies, Mars and Jupiter close-up. In addition to the stargazing program, this family-friendly event will feature kid’s crafts, and the centers animal exhibit hall full of deserts critters.

For guests who don’t have time to grab a bite to eat before the event, staff will be grilling up, and selling hamburgers, hot dogs and chilled beverages so everyone can focus on the festivities rather than loud belly growls.

This is a great family event, one where the kids can have fun, and learn about stargazing. They’ll learn how the stars are aligned, how they form constellations, how the nighttime darkness is not something to be feared, but to be explored.

Attendees are encouraged to bring digital cameras and cellphones to take photos of the moon through the telescopes. Additional items guests may want to bring include binoculars, lawn chairs and blankets for comfort. The park entrance opens at 6:30 p.m.  There is a $6 per vehicle park entry fee for the event and reservations are not required.

The Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant is located at 41402 N. 87th Avenue in Peoria (just east of Lake Pleasant Regional Park). For additional information, visit www.maricopacountyparks.net  or phone (602) 372-7470.



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