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  • Stargazing set for Canoa Ranch, Agua Caliente

    Nov 17, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is hosting stargazing events Nov. 20-21 at the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa in Green Valley and at Tucson's Agua Caliente Park, respectively.

    Starry night
    The Canoa Ranch event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road. Volunteers from the Sonora Astronomical Society will help visitors use telescopes for their celestial viewing and offer an educational introduction to the night sky. 

    On Saturday, Nov. 21, stargazers can gather from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Volunteers from the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will be on hand with telescopes.

    “We’re lucky to have six to 10 astronomers at each event helping our visitors view the night sky and identify various constellations," said Valerie Samoy, NRPR special staff assistant. "This is fast becoming a popular activity at the ranch as the skies are perfect for night viewing.”

    On Friday, participants can come to Canoa Ranch at 5 p.m. to enjoy a self-guided tour of the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa headquarters before stargazing. Docents will be on hand to share the fascinating stories of the people who lived and worked on the ranch. 

    Flashlights are recommended for after-dark walking and visitors can bring lawn chairs if they would like.

    Contact info for each event:

    Both events are weather permitting. Reservations NOT required.