Bonney Lake Stargazing

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Public

Type: Star Party

Keywords: Stargazing Star Party Bonney Lake

Held on: Oct 14, 2023 (Sat) at 07:00 PM to Oct 14, 2023 (Sat) at 11:50 PM

Sunset Times:

  • Official at 06:22 PM
  • Civil at 06:53 PM
  • Nautical at 07:28 PM
  • Astronomical at 08:04 PM

Lunar Phase:

Speaker: Alan Spurgeon

Location: 27515 120th St E, Buckley, WA 98321

Event Coordinator: Alan Spurgeon

Overview

This Bonney Lake Stargazing (star party event) scheduled for Oct 14, 2023, 07:00 PM is cancelled due to inclement weather.

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Latitude 47.149779, Longitude -122.06378

More Information

Come join us for Bonney Lake's last stargazing night of the year. We will have telescopes for people to look through or feel free to bring your own. The fun starts just after sunset.

For new astronomers we are starting off the night with a program we are calling "Introduction to Stargazing".

It is a new moon so it will be as dark as possible and with the sun setting around 6:30pmpm we will have a lot of dark skies. If weather conditions force cancellation of an event, that news will be posted not later that 4PM the day of the event.

It will be chilly so dress in layers, maybe a scarf and warm hat and gloves. Definately bring a chair and maybe a warm blanket.

Come join us for a night of stargazing. The sun sets arpound 6:30pm, this will give us almost 5 hours of observing and with the sun setting lower on the horizon even darker skies. We will have telescopes for people to look through or feel free to bring your own. The fun starts just after sunset.

For new astronomers we are starting off the night with a program we are calling "Introduction to Stargazing".

If you are bringing your own telescope please arrive before dark to set it up. We will be stargazing until midnight and will have several telescopes there for you to look through.

  • Bring warm clothes: coat, scarf, hat, gloves. Dress in layers
  • Bring the kids!
  • Please bring a red light flashlight. No white lights please.
  • If you take a picture please make sure you have the flash turned off and warn people first.
  • No pets or children on leashes please. They get tangled and overturn telescopes.
  • Bring a comfy chair, blanket, and binoculars to look up at the stars.
  • Bring a thermos of your favorite hot drink to help stay warm.
  • Our events are on school grounds so no alcohol allowed.

 

Introduction to Stargazing

For those new to astronomy we are going to start the night off with a "Introduction to Stargazing" presentation that begins just after sunset. In this you will be introduced to the night sky, learn how to locate some prominent stars and constellations, and learn how to star hop. Next we will discuss meteors, and satellites. Hopefully we will catch a glimpse of the space station as it passes overhead. When it is visible, we will learn about features of the moon. Finally we will take a look at several objects in the night sky through a telescope.

Every month we will build upon our constellation and lunar knowledge and highlight a few new deep sky objects. Saturn and Jupiter will be prominent in the sky this is your last chance to glimse the Milky Way core. The Summer Triangle is still high in the sky but we now have Andromeda, Perseus, and Cassiopea to gaze upon and the beautiful objects within them. Don't forget the Pleiades, a favorite which rises around 8pm.

For those coming to the Welcome to Stargazing presentation please install one of the free planetarium apps such as "Stellarium", "Sky Safari", or "Star Walk 2" onto your mobile device before arriving. They are available in the app store for your device. These apps let you explore the night sky.

 

Announcements

6 months ago

Cancellation

This Bonney Lake Stargazing (star party event) scheduled for Oct 14, 2023, 07:00 PM is cancelled due to inclement weather.

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