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Spring Starfest: Explore the night sky


Spring Starfest: Explore the night sky

(Peoria) – Join local astronomy experts, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, on Saturday, March 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant as they bring the universe, planets and stars to you!

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 Galilean moons, star clusters, nebula, colorful double stars and distant galaxies.

After the presentation, guests are invited to meander over to the telescopes where they can view the moon 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,” said Rich Glinski, Desert Outdoor Center supervisor.

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. and the presentation will begin at 7:30 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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