Star Party set for COC’s Canyon Country campus this Friday

This image of Jupiter was taken on May 18 with the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. The Great Red Spot appears at the lower center of the planet as a cold region with a thick cloud layer. Photo by NAOJ/NASA/JPL-Caltech
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College of the Canyons’ Star Party is set to touch down at the Canyon Country campus from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Students and community members of all ages are invited to the semiannual event, which will allow visitors to take a peek into the seemingly endless solar system and discover exoplanets, or the planets that revolve around stars other than the sun.

As a member of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, Jessie Christiansen searches galaxies and planets for conditions similar to Earth, but on Friday she’ll present, “On the Road to a Billion Planets,” a college news release states. Friday night’s event will also include interactive demonstrations from college faculty and students, activity tables, a portable planetarium, and multiple telescopes to allow attendees to get a closer look at the wonders of the night sky.

“We are once again looking forward to hosting this popular community event at the Canyon Country campus,” said Anthony Michaelides, dean at the Canyon Country campus. “Our Star Parties allow our students, faculty and staff to showcase the sciences in a variety of ways, and the timing couldn’t be better, with our new science building currently under construction and expected to serve students next year.”

The spring 2019 Star Party will take place in the campus’ Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater, which is located at 17200 Sierra Highway, officials said. This event is free, open to the public and food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

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