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Death Valley Hosts Night Sky Program

DEATH VALLEY, CA – On Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28, Las Vegas Astronomical Society (LVAS) and Death Valley National Park will host a night sky program.

LVAS members, park rangers and guest astronomers will bring telescopes for the public to view night sky features such as Venus, constellations in the Winter Circle, the Orion Nebula, and other star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae.

Parking is available in the golf course parking area at the Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park. Signs and red path lights will guide pedestrians to the observing area. Visitors are asked to minimize the use of white flashlights; red cellophane will be provided to cover white lights in order to protect observers’ night vision.  Visitors should dress appropriately for the weather.

There will be an opportunity to view features of the sun through a solar scope in front of the General Store at Furnace Creek Resort from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

Death Valley National Park is the largest International Dark Sky Park in the world, designated by the International Dark Sky Association.

Friday, January 27

Twilight – 10:00 p.m.  – Star Party telescope viewing

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Laser-guided tour of night sky features visible to the naked eye

Saturday, January 28

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Solar observing in front of the General Store

Twilight – 10:00 p.m.  – Star Party telescope viewing

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Laser-guided tour of night sky features visible to the naked eye

For more information, see www.nps.gov/deva or http://www.furnacecreekresort.com/activities/stargazing.

-NPS-

 About the National Park Service: Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s more than 400 national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories millions of people every year. Learn more at www.nps.gov.