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National Park Service Hosts Summer Star Festival, August 10
August 8, 2013 -
PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE SHAW
The Milky Way Galaxy is on display at a previous National Park Service star party
at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park.
AGOURA HILLS, CAThe National Park Service (NPS ) invites the public to attend the Summer Star Festival at Paramount Ranch on Saturday, August 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The free event will feature stargazing, constellation tours, music and childrens activities.
Though were adjacent to one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, youd be amazed at what you can see and experience in our night sky, said Robert Cromwell, park ranger for the National Park Service.
Local fifth-grade musicians, as well as the Ranger Band, will welcome visitors with astronomy-themed music beginning at 7:30 p.m. California Lutheran University physics professor Mike Shaw will present a 30-minute talk starting at 8 p.m., followed by a constellation tour with Hal Jandorf, astronomy professor at Moorpark College and president of the Ventura County Astronomical Society.
From 8:45 to 10:30 p.m., visitors can use high-powered telescopes aimed toward the moon, Saturn and other objects in the Milky Way Galaxy. There will also be family-friendly astronomical activities and the opportunity to learn about nocturnal animals.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a flashlight with a red lens or a red cellophane filter. Reservations are not required and parking is free. For more information contact the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at (805) 370-2301.
Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road in Agoura Hills.