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Jan. 13, 2017

Explore cosmos at free Star Party Jan. 27 at Veterans Oasis Park

Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) will host a Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona's amazing night sky. Visitors may see the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more.
 
The free event is appropriate for all ages and viewing takes place at the east end of the parking lot. The EEC is located within the park at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, just east of Lindsay Road. Visitors should park in the west side of the parking lot and then walk to the east side of the lot, where telescopes will be set up.
 
Prior to the telescope viewing, visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk around the park’s lake. The signs and monuments that make up the educational walk include information and images about the sun, planets, and other objects in the solar system.
 
Visitors are asked to please drive carefully, since the park lights will be turned off during the program. Flashlights are discouraged near the telescopes, but those who wish to use the park for other activities, such as fishing, are encouraged to plan ahead and bring their own low-level lighting such as a lantern or headlamp.
 
Inclement weather could alter or cancel this event, so it is recommended that interested participants check visibility Friday, and if the sky is cloudy, call the EEC at 480-782-2890 for updates.
 
Like all City of Chandler parks, Veterans Oasis Park is open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every day of the year. For more information about the Environmental Education Center or Veterans Oasis Park, call 480-782-2890, send an e-mail to EEC@chandleraz.gov, or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.