QUANAH, TX.— StarWalk, the nationally acclaimed public astronomy program at Copper Breaks State Park, continues its popular naked-eye presentations on Saturday, September 3, 2016, with Sky Guide Terry Paridon, who will lead participants in an exploration of the night sky beginning at sunset, around 9:30 p.m., in Big Pond Campground.
In addition to the after-dark program, Sky Guide volunteer Earl Foster will offer Sun Fun, beginning at 5 p.m. Sun Fun offers the public rare views of our own star, the Sun, through telescopes fitted with filters for safe viewing.
Through the afternoon, visitors will be able to view “Journey to the Stars” in the park headquarters. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Journey to the Stars I s a story of life and death of stars and their formation, including our own sun.
Nighttime observing begins after sunset. Paridon begins the program with a tour of the darkening sky- the original StarWalk. Blending science with history, legends, and lore, Paridon takes the public on a trip through major constellations, and introduces the “star-hopping” technique to find stars and other interesting objects.
After the StarWalk, the public is invited to view various dark-sky objects through the park’s binoculars and telescopes with the help of knowledgeable SkyGuides. The 2016 slate of StarWalks will conclude with the Saturday presentation on October 1, weather permitting.
Upon entering the park, StarWalk signs will direct visitors to Big Pond Campground and parking. The quarter-mile walk into the observing area is on lighted asphalt, and extra assistance for the handicapped is available from park personnel.
StarWalk and Sun Fun are continuing Campsite Programs offered by Copper Breaks State Park. For more information on park facilities or other programs,
call (940) 839-4331 weekdays during business hours. Copper Breaks is located 13 miles south of Quanah on State Highway 6.