Gaze at the moon, planets during summer stargazing event Aug. 18

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MOSES LAKE — Get a closer look at the moon and several planets during Big Bend Community College’s Summer Stargazing Night August 18.

Multiple telescopes will be set up in the courtyard behind the ATEC (1800) building during the event, each offering different views of the night sky. Volunteers will be on hand as well to help participants locate various stars and planets.

The event will begin just after sunset, or around 8:30 p.m. Stargazers can expect to see a first quarter moon (often called a half moon), and a couple of planets through their telescopes that night.

“This is a good time to be looking at the sky,” said BBCC physics instructor and event organizer Jim Hamm. “It’s a first quarter moon which I think is the best time to look at the moon. You will be able to see Saturn and Mars for sure, Venus will be visible and Jupiter should be easy to find too.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Summer Stargazing Night Facebook event HERE!

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