Star Party at Gila Visitor Center on February 21
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and Western National Parks Association invite the public to a Mardi Gras New Moon Star Party at the Gila Visitor Center on Tuesday February 21, 2012, from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. This special event will be conducted by the Silver City Astronomical Society. SCAS members Kathy Anderson, Randy Carr, and Gary Emerson will guide the observations.
With clear skies, they’ll identify constellations and asterisms, look at passing planets, and search for a few deep sky objects. If it’s cloudy, they’ll conduct an indoor program on the Aurora Borealis of the World presented by Randy. Refreshments will be provided at the WNPA Store inside the Gila Visitor Center.
National Park Service Volunteer Rangers will be on hand to help guide visitors on the approach to the visitor center parking area. Bring a red light flashlight and dress warmly as it will be chilly. Red l.e.d. lights are also available at the WNPA Store for $5. Wear light colors and/or reflective clothing for your safety.
The Gila Visitor Center is located approximately 43 miles north of Silver City on NM Highway 15. The travel time is approximately one and one-half to two hours due to twisting and winding mountain terrain. An alternative route from Silver City is along NM Highway 35 and goes through the Mimbres Valley. Even though it is 25 miles longer than Highway 15, it is less winding, wider, more level, and easier to travel; therefore it takes about the same amount of time to drive. NOTE: If your vehicle, travel trailer, or RV is over 20 feet in length, you should take Highway 35.
For more information, contact WNPA Area Manager Randall Shadd at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 536-9461 or SCAS Board Member Kathy Anderson at email@example.com. Open FREE to the public.
For up-to-date information about Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, please call the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/gicl