Fort Union Resumes Night Sky Star Parties May 22

Fort Union National Monument resumes night sky star parties Saturday, May 22. Courtesy/NPS/M.Tudor

NPS News:

WATROUS — Fort Union National Monument is resuming star parties beginning Saturday May 22.

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.

Visitors immerse in the culture and science of a natural night sky as rangers guide them through the remains of the old fort, then help identify distant stars and galaxies with the naked eye and telescopes.

Gates to this international dark sky designated park will re-open at 7:30 p.m. and the program, weather permitting, will be held 9-11 p.m. at the front the visitors center. Bring water and a jacket. To assure the safety of staff and visitors, participants must wear a mask and social distance.

To reach Fort Union take exit 366 of I-25 at Watrous on to N.M. 161, 8 miles west. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 505.425.8025. Visit www.nps.gov/foun or Facebook.

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