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Feb. 9, 2018

Family Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park Feb. 23

Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) will host a free Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona's amazing night sky. Visitors may see the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more.

Attendees also are invited to visit the EEC between 7 and 9 p.m. where representatives from Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College will have information about their astronomy programs. The Chandler Public Library will have a booth and recreation staff will offer a children’s activity involving finger puppet ‘aliens” made from pipe cleaners.

Star gazing takes place in the park along the pathway outside the south entrance of the EEC located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, just east of Lindsay Road.

Prior to the star party, visitors are invited to ask the staff for a solar system guide for the self-guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk around the park’s lake. The signs and monuments that make up the educational walk include information and images about the sun, planets, and other objects in the solar system.

Visitors are asked to please drive carefully, since the park lights will be turned off during the program. Flashlights are discouraged near the telescopes, but those who wish to use the park for other activities, such as fishing, are encouraged to plan ahead and bring their own low-level lighting such as a lantern or headlamp.
 
Inclement weather could alter or cancel this event, so it is recommended that interested participants check visibility Friday, and if the sky is cloudy, call the EEC at 480-782-2890 for updates.

Like all City of Chandler parks, Veterans Oasis Park is open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every day of the year. For more information about the Environmental Education Center or Veterans Oasis Park, call 480-782-2890, send an e-mail to EEC@chandleraz.gov, or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis