Fall 2019 Stars-N-Parks astronomy programs announced

July 31, 2019 Carlos Arreola

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Residents and visitors to Grant, Luna and Sierra counties will have eight opportunities to learn about the fall night sky at Stars-N-Parks astronomy programs to be held on designated Saturdays at area state parks this fall. Eight astronomy programs will be held: four at City of Rocks State Park, between Deming and Silver City and four at Rockhound State Park, near Deming. The National Public Observatory sponsors the Stars-N-Parks astronomy programs. Stars-N-Parks attendees should arrive at the park no later than sunset so they can become familiar with their surroundings before nightfall. This is also an excellent time for informal instruction by the presenter and becoming acquainted with other attendees.

A formal laser-guided presentation on the night sky begins approximately an hour after sunset, followed by telescope observations. Pay the $5 day-use fee at the gate when arriving at the park or you may purchase a State Park Annual Day Use (ADU) pass at any state park or onlineat www.nmparks.com. The $40 passes are good for one year from the date of purchase and can be transferred to any vehicle.
The NPO is a non-profit membership organization that sponsors astronomy programs for all. Suggested donations for the program are $5 per couple, or $3 per individual. Find us at National Public Observatory on Facebook Public Groups.

Stars-N-Parks Fall 2019 schedule

September 2019

Saturday, Sep. 21, 2019, Rockhound State Park
Sunset: 7:02 p.m., Program Start: 8:10 p.m., Program End: 9:40 p.m.
The Milky Way bisects the sky. Saturn is east of the meridian and Jupiter is to the west of it. Presenter: Mike Nuss

Saturday, Sep. 28, 2019, City of Rocks State Park
Sunset: 6:53 p.m., Program Start: 8 p.m., Program End: 9:30 p.m.
The Milky Way bisects the sky. Saturn is east of the meridian and Jupiter is to the west of it. Presenter: Bill Nigg

October 2019

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, Rockhound State Park
Sunset: 6:27 p.m., Program Start: 7:40 p.m., Program End: 9:10 p.m.
The Summer Milky Way runs from the northeast to the southwest where Jupiter and Saturn can be found. Andromeda and Andromeda Galaxy are rising in the east. Presenter: Mike Nuss

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, City of Rocks State Park Sunset: 6:19 p.m., Program Start: 7:30 p.m., Program End: 9 p.m. The Summer Milky Way runs from the northeast to the southwest where Jupiter and Saturn can be found. Andromeda and Andromeda Galaxy are rising in the east. Presenter: Bill Nigg

Sunset: 6:19 p.m., Program Start: 7:30 p.m., Program End: 9 p.m. The Summer Milky Way runs from the northeast to the southwest where Jupiter and Saturn can be found. Andromeda and Andromeda Galaxy are rising in the east. Presenter: Bill Nigg

Daylight Savings Time Ends November 3, 2019

November 2019
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, Rockhound State Park

Sunset: 5:03 p.m., Program Start: 6:10 p.m., Program End: 7:40 p.m.
The Summer Milky Way runs from east to west. Both Jupiter and Saturn have set in the southwest. Andromeda and Andromeda Galaxy are high in the east. Presenter: Mike Nuss

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, City of Rocks State Park
Sunset: 5 p.m., Program Start: 6:10 p.m., Program End: 7:40 p.m.
The Summer Milky Way runs from east to west. Both Jupiter and Saturn have set in the southwest. Andromeda and Andromeda Galaxy are high in the east. Presenters: Bill Nigg

December 2019
Saturday, Dec. 21 2019, Rockhound Park State Park
Sunset: 5:02 p.m., Program Start: 6:10 p.m., Program End: 7:40 p.m.
Venus is in the west. Andromeda and Andromeda Galaxy have transited the meridian and Orion has risen in the east. Presenter: Mike Nuss

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, City of Rocks State Park
Sunset: 5:07 p.m., Program Start: 6:15 p.m., Program End: 7:45 p.m.
Venus is in the west. Andromeda and Andromeda Galaxy have transited the meridian and Orion has risen in the east. Presenters: Mike Nuss

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