Ponderosa State Park is the venue for a Star Party this weekend, open to the public and hosted by the Boise Astronomy Club.

The park’s website has not been updated with specifics, so a local Boise Astronomy Club member provided the following information to McCall Digest:

The members of the Boise Astronomy club set up their personal telescopes in the grass by the old visitor center, and the public is welcome to drop by to look at the stars. Usually someone has their telescope pointing at the moon, and someone else has their telescope pointing at Jupiter or Saturn, and other people move their telescopes around to look at whatever is visible. On Saturday afternoon from noon to 4:00 pm there will be a solar telescope set up so people can look at the sun, and at 7:30 pm there will be a short presentation. 


Nighttime observing: Sunset, 8:45 pm to midnight (44% moon will be up).


Solar observing: 12-noon to 4:00 pm. 

Irwin’s presentation: 7:30 pm at the Activity Center.

Nighttime observing: Sunset, 8:44 pm to midnight (54% moon will be up).

It is suggested you contact Ponderosa State Park for details about the event: Terri Bryant @ (208) 634-2164 or terri.bryant@idpr.idaho.go. And remember, there is a fee to enter the park unless you have an Idaho State Park Passport or Idaho Annual Pass. Programs are free to participants.

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Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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