Updated: 18 February 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, Oracle State Park, Saturday, 24 March 2018
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
March is Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Awareness month! Dr. John Barentine of the International Dark-Sky Association, returns to offer a program beginning at 6pm. “Under Ancient Skies: The Archaeo-astronomy of the Desert Southwest”. The night sky has been a powerful point of connection between humanity and nature since long before the start of recorded history. For ancient peoples, fascination with the stars reached well beyond aesthetic appreciation and intellectual curiosity about the sky, touching on aspects of religious faith and the keeping of calendars for agricultural and ceremonial purposes. Among the prehistoric peoples of the southwest, there is evidence from architectural alignments, rock art, and items of material culture that suggests the ancient inhabitants of the Four Corners states were keen sky-watchers. John will review some examples of this evidence to illustrate the ancients’ sophisticated understanding of the sky, and how it defined their view of the Earth’s place in the cosmos. The talk will be followed by a Star Party from 7:00pm-9:00pm, thanks to telescopes and interpretation of night sky objects by the Tucson Amateur Astronomer’s Association. A reservation is suggested for the 6pm talk, (520) 896-2425; free with park admission.
Blue Moon Trail Music Event, Oracle State Park, Saturday, 31 March 2018
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Take a pre-sunset walk along the one-mile Nature Trail Loop while enjoying the sounds of live instrumental music at designated spots along the trail, from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Walk back to the ranch house patio at sunset to see views of the Blue Moon rising over the Galiuro mountain range. The Blue Moon is the second full moon of the month. There will be moon-viewing through telescopes from the ranch house by 7:00pm just after sunset. Thanks to Oracle Dark Skies Committee for operating park telescopes for the public. Visitors are invited to bring their own telescope. The event is free with park admission. Thanks to Friends of Oracle State Park for sponsoring musicians.
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