Valles Caldera Offers Night Sky Observation in Las Valles

by Staff Reporter / Sep 22, 2017 / comments
The Milky Way over the Jemez River in the Valle Caldera. Photo by Jim Stein 

Valles Caldera Offers Night Sky Observation in Las Valles

Would you like the chance to observe the night sky from the Valles Caldera? The Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) is working with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to offer a night sky observation event on Saturday, September 23 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. PEEC astronomers and VALL park rangers will point out constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with the help of telescopes and lasers.

The Valles Caldera offers some of the darkest skies in our area and is a great place to get a better look at the night sky on clear nights. PEEC astronomers Galen Gisler, Dave North, Akkana Peck, and Rick Wallace along with VALL park rangers will use lasers to reveal constellations and other celestial objects visible to the naked eye. They will also set up telescopes to give a closer look at planets, star clusters, and celestial objects visible that night.

This event is free to the public, aside from the VALL entrance fee. No registration is required. To attend, meet at the Valles Caldera National Preserve Visitor Center at 7 PM on Saturday, September 23. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call (505) 662-0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.