Stargazing Party to be held Saturday

Staff Writer

Grab a friend and a chair, and head to the mountain Saturday night. This weekend, Big Spring State Park officials along with the West Texas Amateur Astronomy Club (WTAAC) are inviting the community to take a peek at the skies during the 25th annual Stargazing Party.
“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.
While the event is free of charge, donations to the Big Spring State Park are accepted. Flashlights and tennis shoes are also encouraged.
Big Spring State Park’s Stargazing party will begin at sunset (8 p.m. or earlier) on Saturday, June 3 at the Big Spring State Park, 1 Scenic Drive. For questions, call 432-263-4931.