By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator
Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered about the constellations and whether you’re looking at a planet, moon, or star? All that intergalactic information can easily get lost in space.
Maybe you’re just looking for something out of this world to do on a Friday night.
Enter the third annual Nature Center’s Star Party on Friday, Feb. 24, from 7-10 p.m. at the Gary Halter Nature Center. The free, family-friendly, come-and-go event features space-themed booths, activities, and stargazing.
Here’s a deeper look:
- Enjoy star gazing through high-powered telescopes provided by the Brazos Valley Astronomy Club. Club members will assist participants in understanding how to use telescopes and what’s visible over our post-oak savannah sky.
- Are you interested in creatures of the night? Learn what nocturnal friends call the night sky home. You can even fold an origami bat or owl to take home.
- See what constellations are visible and how to view them. Then, we’ll teach you how to use a star map and the cultural and modern uses for stars.
- Learn what wildlife depend on the stars and how to help improve the night sky at our light pollution booth.
- What bats are Texas natives? A master naturalist will be on hand to tell you which ones can be seen in our area and why they’re so awesome.
- Hear a star-themed story and learn about myths and legends of stars and celestial bodies.
- Galaxy-themed snacks and beverages will be available while supplies last to fuel your explorations.
- Space-themed games will bring those far-off ideas to your fingertips.
So, grab your telescope, friends, and family, and enjoy a memorable night of stargazing and good company. Additional parking is available at the Lick Creek equestrian entrance off Rock Prairie Road.
For more information, visit cstx.gov/LickCreek or call 979-764-6216.
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