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Moon Viewing Event at Echo Bluff State Park

Dent County Astronomers
Event organized by Dent County Astronomers

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Our Moon viewing event will start in twilight. Before the darkness sets in, we'll let the visitors see the telescopes and other equipment we have for viewing the sky. Soon, the planet Venus and the brighter stars will begin to appear. Throughout the event, the bright Moon will be visible. We'll use our telescopes to show details of the craters and other features visible during this phase of the Moon. We can even help visitors use their smartphone for a closeup of the Moon.

When more stars appear, we'll explore the constellations. The winter constellations are fading and the spring constellations are invading the evening skies. We'll also show double stars, star clusters, and gas clouds where stars are being formed. We might even see some of the galaxies close to our own Milky Way.

On this night, we will join many astronomers and visitors around the world who will be looking at the Moon and much more in the night sky. The Astronomers Without Borders designated April as "Global Astronomy Month". And on 4/21 we'll be part of their Global Star Party.

This sky is full of interesting objects. We're hoping to send guests home with great viewing memories. Of course we need good skies for the best result. A few clouds are OK, but if the weather is very poor or rain is possible, we'll need to cancel the event.