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Skye Canyon hosts Skye and Stars event to teach children astronomy

Posted at 7:29 AM, May 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 10:29:20-04

Skye Canyon hosts the third annual Skye & Stars, an evening exploring the night sky with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

The event will be held at Skye Canyon Park (10111 W. Skye Canyon Park Drive). Picnicking and music start at 7 p.m.; telescopes are open for viewing from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Skye and Stars is an all-ages event that is free and open to the public.

LVAS will provide 10 telescopes and two scientific video cameras specializing in astrophotography that transmits real time color photos of the solar system on a monitor that allow individuals to view objects in the galaxy at closer range.

LVAS volunteers will be operating the telescopes and can help guests identify objects in the sky such as galaxies, asteroids, iridium flares, and shooting stars. They will also supply a high-powered laser that can point directly to various celestial sightings.

Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic and blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local food trucks as well as Skye Bistro inside Skye Center.  For kids interested in an indoor star show, Star Wars Empire Strikes Back will be playing in Skye Center.