Friday, September 30, 2011
RICHLAND -- LIGO Hanford Observatory, 127124 N. Route 10, will host October Sky Lights, a public star-gazing event, from 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Community members of all ages may attend the free activity. The Tri-City Astronomy Club will provide hosted telescope views of planets, stars, star clusters, nebulae and neighboring galaxies. Young people will enjoy the "Galaxy Scavenger Hunt," a checklist of night-sky objects and constellations to find during the evening.
The comet Garradd will offer one of the main attractions on Saturday. Viewable through most telescopes, Garradd now occupies a position high in the night sky and will remain visible through late winter. Those who have never seen a comet first-hand will greatly enjoy the experience.
Participants in October Sky Lights will find displays at the event that will describe notable 2012 sky happenings. Located 15 miles west of Richland, LIGO's publicly accessible facility can be reached via Washington State Highway 240 or Stevens Drive. Complete driving directions are available on the LIGO Hanford website. For more information, call 509-372-8248, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/public.html .