Out & About: Three Organizations Team Up for Spring Star Party in Pomfret

  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park will be open this weekend and next, with guided tours resuming Memorial Day Weekend. (Valley News — Liz Sauchelli)

Valley News Calendar Editor
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Pomfret — Ever look up at the sky and really wonder what’s there?

This Saturday night at Pomfret’s Horizons Observatory at Prosper Valley School you’ll get a chance to find out at the free Spring Star Party, hosted by Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park.

“Bedtimes may be trespassed on,” joked Stephanie Kyriazis, chief of interpretation at the national park. The program is family friendly and accessible to “budding astronomers of all ages.”

Rob Hanson, co-director of Horizons Observatory, will start off the night at 8:30 p.m. with a 30-minute presentation titled “A Cosmic Sense of Place.” Then — weather permitting — attendees will have a chance to view stars and other celestial objects through telescopes run by members of the Springfield Telescope Makers.

“This is the first star party of this magnitude we’re doing,” Kyriazis said. While the observatory and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller have teamed up before, it’s the first time the Springfield, Vt., Telescope Makers will be there.

The program will be held rain or shine.

“We’re hoping the weather turns out well,” Kyriazis said. “That’s always the challenge.”

Editor’s note: For more information, visit www.nps.gov/mabi/ or call 802-457-3368, ext. 218. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.