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09/18/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2021 10:17

Chiricahua National Monument Night Sky Event

News Release Date:
September 18, 2021

Contact:Matthew Cahill, 520-824-3560 x 9307

Chiricahua National Monument in partnership with members from the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA) will be hosting a special night sky event Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Faraway Ranch parking lot, 1 mile beyond the park entrance. Registration is limited and social distancing will be required.

Join Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and the National Park Service for an evening of astronomy at your International Dark Sky Park. The program begins with a Star Lore Walk Around the Night Sky at 7PM followed by telescope observing at 7:30. Planets Jupiter and Saturn (absolutely a must see through a telescope) will be first up followed by lots of galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and many more deep sky wonders. Bring a comfortable chair and dress warmly for an evening of Exploring the Universe.

Participants should dress warmly; bring drinks, snacks, a portable chair or blanket to sit upon, and a flashlight with a red filter, if possible.

The non-profit Western National Parks Association will provide a table with Night Sky merchandise to directly support visitor services at Chiricahua National Monument beginning at 6:30PM.

Registration is required and limited for this socially distanced special event. Call the visitor center desk at 520-824- 3560 x9302.

Chiricahua National Monument is located 4 miles east of the AZ HWY 181 and 186 junction, and 37 miles southeast of Willcox. Check www.nps.gov/chir for more park information, or call the visitor center at 520-824-3560 ext. 9302. For details about the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, visit www.tucsonastronomy.org.