On Saturday, February 14, 2015, Astronomy magazine will host the third annual all-day skywatching party at the East Campus Observatory of Pima Community College (PCC). The free event also will feature illustrated talks on a variety of subjects in the nearby Community Room. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue all the way through 9 p.m.
This year’s speakers include Jim O’Connor of the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA); Scott Kardel, president of the International Dark Sky Association; Dolores Hill, co-lead of the OSIRIS-Rex “Target Asteroids!” program; and Astronomy Editor David J. Eicher.
Throughout the day, members of the TAAA will point safely filtered telescopes at the Sun. After sunset, the group will conduct several hours of viewing planets, nebulae, and galaxies.
“One cool thing about the star party is the interaction it offers,” said Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Michael E. Bakich. “Bring your questions for the speakers or the TAAA members. Each of them will be happy to answer any queries about the Sun, deep-sky objects, or which telescope might be best for you.”
The Pima Community College Observatory also will be open throughout the day and night. Visitors can view displays there and enjoy brief planetarium programs.
Fellowship with other stargazing enthusiasts, interesting speakers, and the prospect of clear skies mean that the 2015 Tucson Public Star Party is shaping up as a “must-see” event. So, when you make plans to come out, be sure to bring family and friends.
The free star party will be held February 14 at the Pima Community College East Campus Observatory, 8181 East Irvington Road, southeast of the center of the city.