Red Rock State Park hosted a star party, which was sponsored by Astronomers of Verde Valley (AVV) and Keep Sedona Beautiful Dark-Sky Committee.
Joanne Kendrick opened the presentation to a sellout audience for this special event, mentioning what Keep Sedona Beautiful does to preserve the Night Sky. She talked about her involvement with the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and what the IDA does to help preserve one of our most precious natural resources “The Night Sky”.
Dave Norton gave a PowerPoint presentation about planets, asteroids, and the Alvan Clark-refractor telescope at Lowell Observatory.
After the presentation, there were multiple telescopes provided by members of the AVV for the crowd to view the night sky. They saw galaxies galore–M81, M82 (Bodes), M51 Whirlpool Galaxy, M104 (Sombrero Galaxy), M57 (Ring Nebula), M87 where they took the picture of a black hole, and many more. Some double stars were seen as well as the Ghost of Jupiter nebula and M13 Globular Cluster.
The Keep Sedona Beautiful Dark-Sky Committee distributed dark-sky literature and talked with the attendees about light pollution and dark-sky compliant lighting fixtures. Light refreshments were provided.