Star Party at Jemez Historic Site Saturday

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Featured Talk > Ancient beliefs on constellations will be discussed

JEMEZ SPRINGS —The Village of Jemez Springs is continuing its efforts to be known as a Dark Sky destination by co-hosting a Star Party with Jemez Historic Site, for the first time, on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 7-10 p.m., courtesy of The Albuquerque Astronomy Society (TAAS). Plus, an Instructional Coordinator from Jemez Pueblo will share stories of ancient beliefs about astronomical objects and the Pueblo’s connection to the land. The talk will be at 7:30 p.m. and repeated again at 9 p.m.

“This is Jemez Springs’ second Star Party and the first for the Jemez Historic Site, so we are excited to be working together to not only share the natural beauty of our dark night sky but hear the oral history of the constellations as passed on by Pueblo members,” said Jemez Springs Mayor Roger Sweet. “We are grateful to The Albuquerque Astronomical Society for graciously contributing their time and expertise to this event.”

Beginning at 7 p.m., several volunteer members of TAAS will bring their telescopes to view the night sky at the Jemez Historic Site. Then, at 7:30 p.m. an instructional coordinator from the site will discuss the connection between the sky and ancient Pueblo beliefs about the constellations. There is no charge for the workshop or star viewing. The star party takes place during a Waxing Moon - the transition between a New Moon and First Quarter Moon which indicates a darker night sky. The event is weather dependent.

Visitors are asked to visit Facebook/JemezSprings for updates. Complimentary hot cocoa will be provided at the event.

Temperatures in Jemez Springs can dip as low as the upper 30s in October so participants are asked to wear a warm jacket, sturdy shoes, and bring water. Please do not use flashlights; rather, bring only red lights to preserve night vision.

Jemez Hot Springs has extended hours during the event, allowing for viewing the stars while soaking in their mineral hot springs pools outdoors. Call Jemez Hot Springs to book. Because the event continues until 10 p.m., visitors are encouraged to stay in the many lodging facilities within walking distance of the Plaza. Visit jemezsprings.org/lodging for a list of facilities.

The event will be held at the Jemez Historic Site, located at 18160 N.M. 4 in Jemez Springs, just north of the Village Plaza.

For more information contact Erica Asmus-Otero at 505-259-2202 or prdirector@jemezsprings.org.