NOTE: Star Party rescheduled for June 23... more.
MSUB announces Second Annual Star Party
Public invited to star gazing event at dusk, June 9, at the BLM Acton Recreation Area
Stuart Snyder, Ph.D., professor of physics, 657-2190
University Relations, 657-2266
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The public is invited to this free event and encouraged to bring lawn chairs, hot dogs and other campfire treats as a campfire will be set.
The University will be providing 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch diameter telescopes for public use and MSUB Professor of Physics Stuart Snyder anticipates the clear summer sky to be perfect for viewing deep space objects.
“That week Jupiter and Saturn will be out and it’s also a full moon,” he said. “The moons of Jupiter should be visible and if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get to see the planet’s red spot.”
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is the planet’s most noticeable feature. Technically a storm on the planet, it is 12,400 miles long and 7,500 miles wide.
Participants should also be able to view Saturn’s main moon and have excellent sights of Earth’s moon.
“The surface of our moon is kind of weird,” Snyder said.
Last year, roughly 30 people attended MSU Billings’ Star Party and Snyder hopes even more come out this year.
*Get there: From Acton, heading west from Billings on Highway 3, and between mile markers 18 and 19, turn right on Oswald Road. Turn right at Birkley Road. Follow Star Party signs. Continue through gate, just close behind you.