Updated: 28 July 2017
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, Oracle State Park, Saturday, 23 September 2017, 5:30pm-9pm
Mike Weasner of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee will share a Powerpoint presentation in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House, beginning at 5:30pm. He will offer a slide show report on his solar eclipse experiences as part of an August Sky and Telescope Tour. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur and be visible along a band crossing the United States; first seen from land in the US at Oregon's Pacific coast, and then it will progress eastward along a path through many states and finally passing offshore in South Carolina. (Oracle will see a partial eclipse with the Sun covered about 60%. Consequently proper and safe solar protection will be required to view/photograph the partial eclipse phase in Arizona.)
A Star Party will follow the program, 7pm-9pm, with telescope viewing and night sky interpretation, thanks to Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association.
No reservation is needed for the star party; however, please call at 520-896-2425 for a reservation for the 5:30pm program; free with park admission.
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