This month the Sugar Creek Star Party at Hobbs State Park will have a slightly different flavor. To celebrate Astronomy Day there will be activities starting at 6pm. Solar telescopes, cookie moon phases, and a parking lot scale of the solar system will fascinate young and old alike. The Photographic Society of NWA (PSNWA) will be giving a lecture starting at 7 pm "Photographing the Night Sky". Cleeo Wright of PSNWA will explain the challenges of photography at night. Cleeo will give suggestions to help both novice and seasoned photographers in their quest for beautiful photographs of the stars and dark environs. Sugar Creek Astronomical Society will then give a short explanation of using a sky map and describe interesting objects that will be visible (assuming clear skies). Shortly after 8 pm the Star Party will commence. In addition to the usual collection of telescopes for viewing stars, planets, and nebula, PSNWA members will congregate in a separate portion of the parking lot so that they can try out the night sky photography practices Cleeo taught.
This family friendly lecture will occur rain or shine. During the Star Party young participants are encouraged to "Read Under the Stars". SCAS will provide a collection of children's and young adult books and flashlights with red balloon filters to protect everyone's night vision.
As always, please be mindful of the weather, bringing a light sweater or jacket as September nights are beginning to be chilly.
Where: Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area visitor center on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
When: Saturday, Sept. 23
6:00 pm - Solar telescopes, cookie moon phases, and a parking lot scale of the solar system (outdoors)
7:00 pm - "Photographing the Night Sky" (indoor lecture) followed by “Using a Sky Map”
8:00 pm – Star party (outdoors)
Cost: FREE The public is invited. For more info, call: 479-789-5000.