Blessed with a sky we can see

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

“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 or by call­ing 989-7019.

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