Astronomers from the Saguaro Astronomy Club (SAC) will be on hand with telescope to help visitors navigate the night sky. SAC is one of the larger amateur astronomy clubs in the Phoenix area.
“The sky here at the Grand Canyon is ideal for observing other planets, stars, nebulas, globular clusters, and many, many other objects in the night sky,” said Ellen Winchester, Kaibab Lodge owner and event host.
The Star Party will begin each evening with a lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. at the DeMotte Campground amphitheater followed by the viewing at 9 p.m.
Opening night will commence with a Star Party cookie party featuring regular and gluten free triple-chocolate “Deep Dark Secrets on a Starry Night” homemade cookies. Each night a pair of “El Winchester” earrings, designed especially for the Star Party, will be given away as a door prize.
“The Star Party is a wonderful educational event for the community. We especially welcome any children interested in astronomy. This is a fun and interesting science field trip, and a great opportunity to spend some quality family time together,” said Winchester.
Additional upcoming outdoor events on the Kaibab Plateau include:
· Grand Canyon Ultra Marathon, 100 Mile Race
o May 16-17
o For more information: www.grandcircletrails.com/
· Rainbow Rim Trail Extension Volunteer Work Weekend
o May 23-25
o For more information: www.tinyurl.com/RainbowRim2015
· 7th Annual Star Party
o June 13-20
o For more information: www.kaibablodge.com
· Grand Canyon Fat Tire Festival, 56 and 100 Mile Mountain Bike Races
o June 19-20
o For more information: www.gcfattirefestival.com/