Escape the city for the clear night skies of the countryside to catch glimpses of bright stars, alluring galaxies, interstellar nebulae and the planets of our solar system. Dozens of astronomers will show up with telescopes, some of their own invention and others with apertures of up to 20 inches. Take a closer look at the rings of Saturn or the gaseous clouds of Jupiter and see with your own eyes that what appear to be stars at first sight are actually galaxies with thousands of them. Show up at dusk, which will be about 9 p.m. on the date of the party.
In celebration of the tenth year of the Eugene Astronomical Society's Dark Sky Star Party, they will be giving away two brand new telescopes with extra eyepieces and personal instruction to boot. To be eligible for the telescope giveaway, entrants must be between the ages of eight and 18 and be present to win.
Please do not use white-light flashlights, cell phones or cameras with flash at this event, as it makes it difficult for others to see. Instead, be surprised by how well your eyes adjust to darkness in just a few short minutes. If the weather is bad, keep up with the Eugene Astronomical Society to check for a rescheduled event.