Star party planned if skies are clear for summer solstice on Saturday

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 18, 2014 

With the summer solstice on Saturday, June 21, the Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers is planning a 9 p.m. star party at site to be determined.

Members bring their telescopes and offer free viewing to the public. Their star parties are weather-dependent and are held only when skies are clear.

Such star parties are held periodically in fair weather, and the Northwest is bound to see more of that as summer progresses. For more information, go online to whatcomastronomy.org/calendar or check the Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers page on Facebook.

Meanwhile, "Sky and Telescope" magazine suggests that celestial observers in the Northwest look for Vega, the brightest star shining in the east after dusk. It's part of the Summer Triangle, an easily sighted constellation that lies more or less overhead at mid-northern latitudes during the summer months.

For more skywatching information, go to skyandtelescope.com/observing.

Suggest your ideas for local family-friendly events, hikes or day trips to Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com.

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