Over 225 people attended and looked through telescopes set up by Astronomers of Verde Valley. Solar viewing was in the afternoon, followed by night star gazing. The evening was clear and perfect with great viewing. J.D. Maddy’s indoor presentation was standing room only, and the crowd was excited for a spectacular night of star gazing. As the crowd filtered out after the presentation, Karen Maddy made an informative constellation presentation, which was well received.
The evening star gazing showcased galaxies, Nebulae, Orion M42 being a big hit, M81, M82, ,M35, Mars, Pleiades, Beehive, Sombrero Galaxy, and more. Many families, children and adults all had smiles and in awe viewing the diamond stars against a black sky. It was truly a marvelous event. The Keep Sedona Beautiful Dark-Sky Committee participated in this event. Dark-sky brochures were distributed as well as examples of good dark-sky outdoor fixtures.