Have you ever seen the Milky Way? You can, under the dark sky of Kingston, as astronomy professor John T. Stocke explores the excitement of "naked eye astronomy". Since prehistory, the motions of the stars, planets, sun and moon have inspired the imaginations of human cultures. On Saturday, May 25 you can join professor Stocke as he shares his passion for the countless stars in the night sky, and how they have shaped the world-view of ancient cultures, and our own.
During this dark-sky program, Constellations of Ancient Cultures, you will learn the basics of how the sky looks and moves, the positions and appearances of the most conspicuous constellations, and explore the myths and legends that diverse cultures have told about the sky. Topics will include lunar phases, celestial navigation, constellations and cosmology, the zodiac, and general star lore.
The Star Party will begin at 6pm with a potluck supper and music from local musicians, in the cool evening breezes of Kingston. The night-sky program will start indoors at 8pm, with a powerpoint presentation, Secrets of Polynesian Navigation. At full dark, we’ll move outdoors where Dr. Stocke will explore the heavens with his high-powered laser pointer. Bring a warm jacket and a flashlight.
Constellations of Ancient Cultures
- 50 Kingston Main Street
- Kingston, NM 88042
- Black Range Lodge
- $10 General Admission$ 5 SeniorsChildren 12 & under Free