Ruxz_M-rbu5hJUPoenSULdy6Wzk The Science of My Life: CSI Star Party with the Magic Valley Astronomical Society

Sunday, July 27, 2014

CSI Star Party with the Magic Valley Astronomical Society

We had a great time last night at Pomerelle Ski Resort looking through some awesome telescopes.  The Star Talk by Chris Anderson was so interesting, and he prepped us for some cool sights.  My favorites of the night were the views of Saturn and it's moon, Titan.  But at exactly 9:34 PM, Chris directed our attention to the Vega star, and he said we would see a bright flash of light lasting no longer than 4 seconds.  Because a satellite was moving a solar panel at that moment to reflect the sun, we would see an "Iridium Flare".  On cue, it was in the night sky.  The volunteers from the Magic Valley Astronomical Society worked so hard to make the event successful.  We live in a great place.  If you missed this one, the City of Rocks Star Party in August should be even better.

  • City of Rocks Star Party 
o    August 22, 2014 and August 23, 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Join us for our 7th annual City of Rocks Star Party.  Solar viewing at the Smoky Mtn. Campground, Castle Rocks State Park, 2:00 to 6:00 PM.  Dark sky telescope viewing, Ranch House, 9:00 PM to midnight or later.  Park entry fees apply.

Co-sponsored by the Magic Valley Astronomical Society

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