Blessed with a sky we can see
“Look at all those stars. There must be a million of them. What’s that faint cluster over there? And that tiny pale one is moving; maybe it’s a satellite.” Not everyone has the opportunity to utter such observations. You have to be outside at night, preferably under a cloudless sky with a new moon, away from city lights — someplace like the Galisteo Basin Preserve, where stargazing aficionados gather on Saturday, June 12.
The event is led by astronomer Peter Lipscomb and members of the Capital City Astronomy Club. Co-organizers are the Santa Fe Conservation Trust and the Commonweal Conservancy. The “star party” begins with a picnic (bring your own) at 7 p.m. The natural site is unimproved, so dress accordingly, and if you bring a flashlight, use a red lens. The cost is $10; buy tickets at www.sfct.org or by calling 989-7019.