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Schedule of Activities


Saturday, March 18th 2:00–10:00 pm

Rain or Shine! Bring a chair or a blanket for the Star Party after dark. 

• Visit 2 Discovery Dome Mobile Planetariums—special educator-led talks, full dome programs
• View art, photo and writing competition displays
• Earn a Dark Sky or Midnight Defender patch
• Feast at 5 Food trucks
• Engage in activities connected with our universe and the night sky
• Explore Challenges of Light Pollution
• Shop for books and art related to the night sky
• View examples of good lighting
• Learn about animals and plants that need natural darkness
• Visit with representatives from places in Texas that protect the night sky
• Apply for the Be A Star Award
• Connect with the Globe at Night Citizen Science Project
• Learn how local companies and groups support protection of the night sky
• Watch the video “Losing the Dark”
• Participate in a Solar System Walk

2:00 pm–5:30 pm
• View our sun through solar telescopes

2:00 pm–7:15pm
• Bid on Silent Auction Items

2:00 pm–8:00 pm
MARS STAGE
• Art contest winners Announced (2:15 pm)
• Stars, Orbits, and Spaceships—Bob Mahoney (2:45 pm)
• Photo Contest Awards (3:30 pm)
• Life on Earth Depends on Natural Darkness—Cindy Luongo Cassidy (4:00 pm)
• Writing Contest Awards & Readings (5:00 pm)
• Delights from “The End of Night”—Paul Bogart (5:45pm)
• McDonald Observatory: Our Connection to the Stars—Bill Wren (7:15pm)

JUPITER STAGE
• Hot Texas Swing Band (2:00pm)
• Tommy Mojica and the Dripping Strings (4:00pm)
• The Kinscherff’s (5:00 pm)

TEEPEE STORYTELLING
• Chief Arriola—Stories of the Night Sky from Native American Traditions ( 3:30 pm)
• Tales of the Constellations—Jamie Kinscherff (4:30 pm)
• Amy Jackson—Cassandra and the Night Sky; Plus, Constellation Activity (5:30pm)
• Chief Arriola—Stories of the Night Sky from Native American Traditions (6:30 pm)

OBSERVING FIELD
• Meet the Astronomers (7:30 pm)
• Old fashioned Star Party—look through telescopes or gaze at the stars (8:00pm–10:00 pm)
• Tales of the Constellations—Jamie Kinscherff (8:00 pm)
• Intro to Night Sky Photography—Jerry Moreno (8:00 pm)
• Yoga Under the Stars—(8:00 pm)
• 8:00 pm—Cloudy Weather Alternative—Space Flight Movie—Inside Meeting Room

8:00 pm—Indoor Exhibits & Attractions Close: Star Party Continues on Observing Field

10:00 pm—Star Party Concludes and event ends

Sunday March 19th Breakfast Meeting 9:00–Noon

• Enjoy a pre-ordered breakfast by ordering here: http://idatexas.org/not-expecting-breakfast-tacos-on-the-ida-texas-blog/
• Network with night sky advocates from all over Texas
• Bill Wren of McDonald Observatory briefing on the fight to keep West Texas free of light pollution
• Regional briefing about efforts to protect the night sky