April 8, 2014

The science department at Northeastern Junior College announces that the annual  Spring 2014 NJC Star Party will be held at North Sterling State Park on Saturday, April 26th, weather permitting. The event takes place at the west end of Chimney View campground starting at dusk (about 7:45 p.m.)  While the star party is free, passes ($7.00) are required on all vehicles entering the park, so everyone is encouraged to car pool to the event if at all possible.

According to Professor Dave Coles, who organizes and oversees the star parties, there should be really nice views of Jupiter and Mars right after dark and those who stay late will be able to view Saturn. Coles teaches astronomy for the college and is an avid star gazer.  In the past, some have stayed as late as 10 p.m. to find the best viewing in the night sky. Dress warm as the nights still get cool and there is often a breeze coming off of the reservoir into the campground area after dark.  Everyone is welcome to attend this star party. Families with children are encouraged to participate.

Please check the sky before you drive. If it’s more than 60 percent overcast (cloudy), the party will be canceled.