Updated: 14 May 2018
Since its formation in April 2014, the Oracle Dark Skies Committee has been attending various events around Oracle and Pinal County to talk about its work to have Oracle State Park designated as an "International Dark Sky Park". The Committee also does public outreach on the affects of Light Pollution and how everyone can help reduce the problem and save money as well. Upcoming events where the Committee plans to be are mentioned here.
If you would like a Committee member to talk to your company, organization, or group of local residents, please contact Mike Weasner (520-289-3402 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Star Party and Dark Sky Special Event, Oracle State Park, Saturday, 30 June 2018, 5-10pm
Take a look at the night sky from different points of view with guest speaker Jim O’Connor. His hour-long “Storytelling Sky Tour” program will take place on the upper patio of the Kannally Ranch House. Jim’s core astronomical interest is in how various cultures use the night sky. Learn more about the constellations through Native American cultural stories of the local populations (O'odham, Yaqui, Navajo, Apache). He will share contrasts of how each tribe views the creation of the Earth, sun, and stars and will take participants on a ‘walk’ around the sky to find existing star formations. A reservation is suggested for the sky tour program. All events are free with park admission.
Live Music: Bring your own picnic dinner to the park and enjoy live music from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. with musician Bruce Carlson on acoustic folk guitar, sharing songs of love, life and landscapes. Bruce is a local singer/songwriter whose style is influenced by Paul Simon and James Taylor. Thanks to Friends of Oracle State Park for sponsoring the music.
Telescope Raffle: Friends of Oracle State park will raffle off two telescopes. Tickets are either $1 or $10, depending on the telescope, and can be purchased in advance in the park office – it is not necessary to be present to win! Tickets will also be available at the Friends of Oracle State Park information/raffle table, beginning at 5 p.m. the day of the event. The telescopes will be on display and they will also have a mix of telescope eyepieces for sale. The raffle winners will be announced later in the evening.
Star Party, 8:30-10:00pm. Stick around for a Star Party with telescopes until 10 p.m., thanks to the Oracle Dark Skies Committee and Saddlebrooke SkyGazers Club.
Star Party at Oracle State Park, Saturday, 1 September 2018, 7-9 PM
The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association has graciously provided 10 of their high quality telescopes for this Star Party event! See planets and celestial objects with more clarity than you have ever experienced! Amazing solar system and deep-sky objects, Uranus, Neptune, the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away), Nebulae, double star systems, star clusters, and other fascinating objects! Astronomers will be on site to answer questions and discuss the elements of the night sky as darkness descends. Visitors should meet at the main trailhead parking lot. Please bring water, snacks, a red light (to protect everyones night vision), sweater or jacket.
Note: No moon viewing. One day before last quarter.
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