September 17, 2014

NPS Summer Star Festival, August 2

 

PHOTO BY MIKE SHAW

NPS Summer Star Festival, August 2

The National Park Service and the Ventura County Astronomical Society will host a Summer Star Party on August 2 at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. The free event will feature star-gazing, constellation tours, music and children's activities.

AGOURA, CA—The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to attend the Summer Star Festival on Saturday, August 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Paramount Ranch in Agoura. The free event will feature star-gazing, constellation tours, music and children’s activities.

"We share a dark sky oasis with those who want to escape the glow of city lights," said Robert Cromwell, park ranger for the NPS. "We invite the public to come out and view the Milky Way galaxy in all of its splendor!”

The event begins with the Santa Monica Mountains Ranger Band playing astronomy-themed rock music, followed by a family-friendly lecture by Cal Lutheran University Professor Mike Shaw and a constellation tour by Hal Jandorf, president of the Ventura County Astronomical Society. From 8:45 to 10:30 p.m., visitors are invited to view the crescent moon, Saturn, Mars and other objects in the Milky Way Galaxy through high-powered telescopes. There will also be family-friendly astronomical activities and the opportunity to learn about nocturnal animals.

Astronomy enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their own telescopes, if available, as well as flashlights and warm clothing.

Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road in Agoura Hills. In the event of rain, the program will be cancelled. For more information, call 805-370-2301.