star parties

Pictures by the Fort Worth Astronomical Society

Star Parties for 2012 kick off this Saturday night! No, I’m not talking about Brad Pitt or George Clooney kind of stars.   (sorry, ladies!) I’m talking about the celestial kind of stars….as well as constellations, moon, and planets. Star Parties are the public outreach events of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society. Club members volunteer their time, set up their telescopes, and invite the public to come see for themselves just how magical the starry skies are.   They are happy to talk with you about the night sky and answer your questions. Come out this weekend and see Venus, Jupiter, and Mars!
She Is Dallas Info:   The next Star Party will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History located at 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.   The Star Parties are held in front of the Museum on Gendy Street. The parties begin at dusk, weather permitting, and last until approximately 10:30 pm. Please note that parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street. Star Parties are free and open to the public.
Star parties are also excellent opportunities for those new to astronomy as they give the beginner a chance to use different kinds of equipment or ask experienced club members for assistance with their own equipment. The Star Party calendar for 2012 includes:
  • March 3
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 9
  • July 7
  • August 11
  • September 8
  • October 6 “Stars over Euless”
  • November 10
The monthly Star Parties are hosted by members of FWAS and Noble Planetarium staff.   Please check out the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History web site for details about specific parties because dates and times are subject to change. Be sure to check out some tips for Star Party etiquette before you go. Come out and view the night sky like you’ve never seen it before!

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