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Free, Family-Friendly Wawona Star Party

UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 14: Wawona Star Party – may be canceled due to fire. “Stay tuned,” says the UC Yosemite Field Station in Wawona.

WAWONA — The public is invited to join like-minded wonderers at the UC Yosemite Field Station in Wawona for a night of star-gazing and the opportunity to listen to a short lecture on “The Lives of Stars” by Professor Tammy Smecker-Hane.

Guests will hear about how stars and planets form, whether there are Earth-like planets around other stars, how stars spend their lives and what they do when they eventually die. After the talk organizers will use portable telescopes to explore the night sky for a view of Saturn, M57 – the Ring Nebula, various star clusters and galaxies such as M51 and M81.

The star-gazing and lecture take place on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. People of all ages are welcome to attend and encouraged to share the information with friends and family. RSVPs are not necessary, but are very much appreciated so that organizers can be prepared.

There’s also a solar eclipse viewing party at the Field Station on Monday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The UC Yosemite Field Station is located approximately four miles from the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, at 7799 Chilnualna Falls Rd., Wawona, CA 93623. Bring your family and join in exploring the wonders of the heavens and Earth.

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