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Go stargazing at Skye Canyon in far northwest Las Vegas this weekend

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 17:19:15-04

The summer months can be a great time to go stargazing around Southern Nevada but you don't have to go far, at least not this weekend.

Skye Canyon is hosting its second annual Skye & Stars, an evening of stargazing and picnicking with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society, on Saturday.

Music, lawn games and picnicking starts at 7 p.m.; telescopes are open for viewing from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Skye & Stars takes place at Skye Canyon Park, is open to the public and free for all ages.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local food trucks including 50 Shades of Green, Dude Where’s My Hotdog and Kona Ice as well as Skye Bistro, inside Skye Center.

The astronomical society will provide 10 telescopes and one Mallincam, a high-tech scientific video camera that eliminates light pollution from solar pictures and transmits images on a TV screen that allow viewers to see unobstructed, full-color video of celestial sightings from the night sky.

Astronomy society club officers will be operating the telescopes and inform guests about the location of nebulas, planets, stars and diverse galaxies. The society will also offer a high-powered violet laser that makes it easy to identify various space objects.