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May 2020

Public Star Party: Spring Constellations Arrive

May 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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The Water Snake, Crow, Lion, Herdsman, Bears, and Dragon constellations are bright in the sky this month. Immense galaxies located millions and millions of light years apart are numerous in the night sky. It is also a great time to observe a wide variety of star clusters and nebulae, which are giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are forming. Nebulae can…

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June 2020

Sangre Star Festival

June 19 - June 21

See the stars as our ancestors did as we celebrate five years as Colorado’s first certified Dark Sky Community! The Sangre Star Festival is for everyone – from serious stargazers to amateur astronomers and casual star seekers. Get ready for an awesome astro-experience: festivities, stellar speakers, music, workshops, camping, day and night time activities. Tickets go on sale December 21, 2019. For more information…

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July 2020

Public Star Party: All Hail the Milky Way!

July 17 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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The Milky Way and summer constellations are featured this month. The Swan and the Eagle soar through the Milky Way. The Summer Triangle is now straight above us, featuring the Stars Altair, Deneb, and Vega. The Hero, Scorpion, Teapot, and Harp constellations are demanding to be seen, showing themselves big and bright, Jupiter and Saturn will rise late in the night. There will also…

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August 2020

Public Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Celebrate one of the years biggest, brightest, and most awe-inspiring astronomical events: the Perseid Meteor Shower! The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail lies in the constellation Perseus. The Moon won’t rise until 1 AM, giving us plenty of time to see meteors streak…

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October 2020

Public Star Party: Star Clusters

October 16 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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Final Star Party of the season! Star clusters are groups of stars which are gravitationally bound. Two distinct types of star cluster can be distinguished: globular clusters are tight groups of hundreds of thousands of very old stars, while open clusters generally contain less than a few hundred members, and are often very young. Both types will be viewable in our night sky. The…

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