View of the night sky on tap for Star Party in Iowa

August 25, 2018 GMT

COON RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The wonders of the night sky will be on display next month in western Iowa for the return of the annual Star Party at Whiterock Conservancy.

The Sept. 7 event, hosted by the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers, will provide powerful telescopes and knowledgeable astronomers from around the Midwest to help participants identify constellations and stars.

The public is welcome to join the part at 7:30 p.m. at the conservancy’s Star Field in Coon Rapids. The night will include a short astronomy presentation and door prizes.

If the weather is clear, visitors will have the chance to see numerous different galaxies, nebulas and stars millions of light years away, as well as some of the planets.

All ages are welcome, and appropriate attire and a blanket are recommended.