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Star Party at Catalina State Park

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Venue: Oracle State Park

Time: October event: 6:30-9:30 PM

Admission: The cost is Catalina State Park’s entrance fee of $7 per vehicle (up to four adults). Primitive to full hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $15 to $30 depending on the type of camping site needed. Meet at the main trailhead parking area.

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Imagine what you can see with up to 10 large telescopes provided by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association at Catalina State Park!
Some amazing solar system and deep-sky objects are expected to be in the sky. These include the moon, planets Mercury and Venus at sunset, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, Andromeda Galaxy and other galaxies millions of light years away, gas clouds, multiple star systems and star clusters, remnants of a past supernovae, and other fascinating objects.
Many of these celestial objects will also be displayed on a monitor for those will 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 bring water, snacks, a red light (to protect everyone’s night vision), sweater or jacket.
About Catalina State Park
Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. The 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams invites camping, picnicking and bird watching — more than 150 species of birds call the park home. The park provides miles of equestrian, birding, hiking, and biking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet.
The park is located within minutes of the Tucson metropolitan area. This scenic desert park also offers equestrian trails, and an equestrian center provides a staging area for trail riders with plenty of trailer parking. Bring along your curiosity and your sense of adventure as you take in the beautiful mountain backdrop, desert wildflowers, cacti and wildlife.

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