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STAR PARTY: Astronomy Club Hosting Stargazing Event

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Amateur astronomers from across the Midwest are getting ready for some serious stargazing.

Friday night at the Whiterock Conservancy, astronomers will flock to the 11th annual Iowa Star Party.

Whiterock’s Star Field pasture is a popular stargazing field for its exceptionally dark skies and detailed views of the Milky Way.

The public event starts at 7:30 p.m. on August 30th where the local astronomers will give a quick “Astronomy 101” for attendees but viewers are welcome to set up their telescopes or visit other astronomers around the Star field.

The event held at Whiterock is in an environmentally protected area in the Middle Raccoon River Valley southeast of Coon Rapids.  The event is organized by the Ames Area Astronomy Club.

Interested Stargazers should register for the Star Party and campsite by clicking here.

Directions to the Star Field are available here.