The Sirius Lookers Astro Club, Sedona Public Library, and Keep Sedona Beautiful Dark-Sky Committee sponsored the National Astronomy Day Star Party on May 12. National Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California.
The star party was held in the Bashas parking lot in West Sedona. Starting with sale solar viewing of our closets star, the Sun, explosions coming off the Sun were seen with a special H-alpha filtered scope. Sunspots were also seen.
The night time stargazing began at 7 p.m. and ended sometime after 10 p.m. Highlights were the crescent Moon, the BeeHive Star Cluster, exploding star, and more. Binoculars and giant scopes were on hand for enhanced viewing. The Keep Sedona Beautiful Dark-Sky Committee distributed dark sky brochures and discussed the importance of reducing light pollution.