April 9, 2013

The cold weather should pass by Saturday, so it should be a good night for some star gazing. At least this is the hope of the Northeastern Junior College Math, Science and Outdoor Club as it makes final plans for the Spring Star Party to take place this Saturday night. Northeastern Colorado’s open spaces and big horizons make it a perfect place to explore the universe.

As always, the event will be held at the west end of the Chimney View Campground at North Sterling State Park. The organizers will have telescopes up and ready to start using at 7:45 p.m.  There is a $7.00 per vehicle entrance fee to the park, however the party is free once you arrive.

Please look to the sky before you drive. If you see overcast so heavy that it appears a storm is apparent, the star party will not take place. If there is only moderate overcast and the weather seems decent otherwise, the telescopes provided will certainly help everyone see past any cloud cover. 

According to David Coles, science professor at Northeastern who teaches the astronomy classes, the star party is a great outing for a family, and it is open to anyone who wants to attend.  Be sure and bring a jacket or plan ways to otherwise bundle up as the night air out in this open area can quickly become cold. The telescopes are usually up and available for public use until about 9:30 p.m.