Get an Up-Close View of the Stars at Catalina State Park’s Star Party April 1

March 24, 2017

PHOENIX - Come to Catalina State Park for the next Star Party on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 7 to 10 p.m. Imagine what you will see in the skies looking through 10 big telescopes provided by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association! 

Some amazing solar system and deep-sky objects are expected to be in the sky. These include Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, Orion’s Nebula (a star nursery) and other nebulae, Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away), double star systems, star clusters and other fascinating objects. Many of these celestial objects will also be displayed on a monitor for those with difficulty viewing through a telescope. 

Astronomers will be onsite to answer questions and discuss the elements of the night sky as darkness descends. Visitors should meet at the main trailhead parking lot and bring water, snacks, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), sweater or jacket. The cost is Catalina State Park’s Entrance Fee of $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). For more information call (520) 628-5798 or visit

WHAT:  Star Party – Viewing of the Stars through large telescopes

WHERE:  Catalina State Park - located on State Highway 77 (Oracle Road) at mile marker 81, just nine miles north of Tucson and six miles north of Ina Road.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 7 to 10 p.m.

For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Program and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit

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