Look to the skies: Stargazing June 3

Staff Writer

For the past 24 years, visitors to the Big Spring State Park’s Stargazing Party have enjoyed celestial views atop the mountain. This year for the event’s 25th anniversary, the views will be just as grand.
On Saturday, June 3, the park will be hosting the West Texas Amateur Astronomy Club (WTAAC), all of their telescopes, and amateur astronomers from all over the county to take a peek at the stars.
“In our society we see we see less interest in science it seems so it’s exciting to me to get people interested,” said Ron Alton, manager of the Big Spring State Park, of the party. “These folks (WTAAC) bring little ladders for the little ones for their telescopes. They cater to young and old. It really has been a popular event.”
For the event, which lasts from sunset to around 11 p.m., the state park invites out the WTAAC, an organization based in Midland, to educate the public about astronomy. According to Alton, they bring about 10 to 12 telescopes and help to point out objects in the sky to stargazers.
Big Spring State Park’s Stargazing party will begin at sunset (8 p.m. or earlier) at the Big Spring State Park, 1 Scenic Drive. For questions, call 432-263-4931.
“It’s a fun family thing,” said Alton. “You can bring your kids or your grandkids. For the younger ones, this could spark their interest in science and really take them somewhere.”