On Saturday evening, July 18, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will view the summer night sky with a free Star Party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:30 p.m. and is free with $3 parking per vehicle. For the first time ever, star parties will be held at two viewing locations on the same night. From beginners to experts of all ages, visitors will have the opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights includes the planet Saturn, Jupiter, several clusters, and more! As an extra bonus, the International Space Station (perhaps docked with space shuttle Endeavour) will be visible at 9:23 pm and 10:58 pm on Saturday evening!
To reach Rooster Rock State Park, take I-84 east of the Sandy River at exit 25. The park is located 22 miles east of Portland.
To reach L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The park is located 23 miles west of Portland.
It is suggested that interested visitors call (503) 797-4610 on July 18 after 3:00 p.m. for possible weather-related cancellations.
For more information about OMSI, please visit their website at http://www.omsi.edu/
For more information about the Rose City Astronomers, visit http://www.rca-omsi.org/
For more information about the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers, visit http://www.vsausa.org/