Star Gazing at Caddo Mounds

Mar 1 2014 - 6:30pm

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
1649 State Hwy 21 West
Alto  Texas  75925

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to participate in a night program of star gazing, hosted by Doug Parsons, professor of physics at Tyler Junior College, and Collin Timmons, Stephen F. Austin University graduate student.

Activities will include classroom instruction and night sky viewing. Participants will learn about “star imaging,” including how it is done and why images are made. A demonstration will be conducted showing how the data collected is analyzed. 

Night time viewing will include identifying the "Winter Circle" of constellations: Orion, Taurus, Gemini, Canus Major and Minor, and the Pleiades, as well as viewing the planet Jupiter, the very bright Orion Nebula, the Crab Supernova Remnant, and Bode's Nebula (which is actually a galaxy!). 

You are invited to bring your own telescope. Hot coffee and cocoa will be provided. Seating is limited; please call 936.858.3218 to indicate interest in attending.