Following a successful turnout in 2015, Tri-County Community College (TCCC) will host its third annual Fall Star Party for college faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the main campus in Peachtree.
“Last year’s star party coincided with the total lunar eclipse,” said Zack Stockbridge, astronomy instructor at TCCC. “Even though the skies were completely cloudy, over 70 people attended and had a great time.”
The event will begin at 6 p.m., with a viewing area set up in the field between TCCC’s Fire Training Center and the N.C. Forest Service building.
“This year’s star party lines up with International Observe the Moon Night and National Astronomy Day,” Stockbridge said. “There will be telescopes and binoculars set up in addition to lunar maps and instructions on how to view the moon with the naked eye.”
According to Stockbridge, there will also be an opportunity to see several planets: Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune will all be visible throughout the duration of the event.
“Last year a number of amateur astronomers from the community brought their own telescopes and we want to invite people to do so again for this year’s event,” Stockbridge said.
Stockbridge also said one of the activities planned for the evening is a lunar scavenger hunt, which will begin promptly at 7 p.m., including three different divisions for naked-eye, binocular and telescopic participants.
“Everyone was eagerly asking when there would be another star party,” Stockbridge said. “We hope everyone can come out and join us for a great time under the night sky.”
For more information regarding TCCC’s Fall Star Party, call Dotie Stafford-Ortega at 835-4208.
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