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First-time 'Astronomy Day Celebration' at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Sept. 30

       A new, free event - "Astronomy Day Celebration" - is planned Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St.
       The goal is to “celebrate National Astronomy Day in partnership with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (CAS),” states a press release from Dolores Davis, community relations coordination for the Visitor Center.
       Activities will run from 3 to 10 p.m., featuring a "star party" from 7 to 10, with high-power telescope opportunities led by CAS members. Planned before that are youth activities (such as crafts and a scavenger hunt), a wildlife touch table, science demonstrations, a meteorite display and a presentation by Bruce Bookout of CAS at 5:30. A late addition, announced Sept. 28, is the plan by CAS to bring its MESO (Mobile Earth + Space Observatory) vehicle, which was used recently to track the solar eclipse.
       According to Elizabeth Barber, Visitor Center program coordinator, more than 1,000 people this summer attended CAS star parties in the center parking lot; also popular were astronomy programs in the center's Gateway Adventure Series.
       CAS is a nonprofit “dedicated to astronomy education,” Barber said in her article for the Fall 2017 FOGGHorn, the newsletter published by the Friends of the Garden of the Gods (FOGG).
       “The purpose of National Astronomy Day is to connect the public with local astronomy education groups, and to encourage appreciation of astronomy,” Davis said. “Originally started in 1973, Astronomy Day is now observed in the spring and fall throughout the United States.”
       For more information, call 634-6666 x0 or go to gardenofgods.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 9/19/17, updated 9/28/17; Outdoors: Garden of the Gods)

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