WATROUS ― Fort Union will take advantage of its natural dark sky to host a star party 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29.
The solitude, remoteness and arid landscapes of Fort Union National Monument make it an ideal place for observing a natural dark sky. After sunset, the sky over the high prairie gives way to the glow of celestial bodies unaffected by the artificial light of distant communities.
Attendees will be immersed in the culture and science of a natural night sky as rangers guide them through the remains of the old fort, and help to identify distant stars and galaxies with the naked eye and telescope.
The program, weather permitting, will be held near the visitor center. Attendees should bring water, a light jacket and comfortable shoes.
To visit the monument, take exit 366 of I-25 at Watrous on to N.M. 161, 8 miles west.