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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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CANCELLED - 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…

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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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