Astronomy group hosts 2 stargazing events Saturday

  • Herald staff
  • Thursday, April 26, 2012 5:53pm
  • Life

Here’s another reason to hope for clear skies this weekend.

To celebrate International Astronomy Day 2012, the Everett Astronomical Society is hosting two events Saturday, including an evening of stargazing at Harborview Park, weather permitting.

If the skies are clear, people should be able to see Saturn and Mars, and much more.

Astronomy Day is a way to help promote the fascinating world of looking into the heavens.

Daytime activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett.

People can look at astronomical images, many by local amateurs; watch slide shows; and check out astronomy books, among other activities. Amateur astronomers will be there to talk stargazing and digital imaging techniques.

There also will be special telescopes set up on the sidewalk, if the weather permits. Free sky maps and handouts should be available.

If it’s not too cloudy or raining, from dusk until 11:30 p.m., several different kinds of telescopes will be set up at Harborview Park, 1700 W. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. Experts will be there to show people what to look for.

The events are free. For more information, go to everettastro.org or call 425-486-9733.

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