Star Party at Heritage Park in Mission

Stargazers are invited to join the event on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Jupiter, a first-quarter moon, and the Pleiades will be among the objects visible in the sky this Saturday.

Family stargazing returns to Mission Oct. 20, as Fraser River Heritage Park and Fraser Valley Astronomers Society launch the second annual Star Party.

Last year’s event saw more than 100 people gazing at the heavens through a variety of telescopes, spotting night sights like Jupiter, the moon, the Pleiades star cluster, Andromeda galaxy and more.

This year’s event will bring more such heavenly objects “up close and personal” for participants.

The evening’s activities are free and start at 7:30 p.m. near the south edge of the park, where the scopes are lined up with a clear view of the southern night sky.

A slide show depicting Hubble and other high-powered telescope views of deep space objects will be running under the picnic shelter at the park, whether skies are clear or cloudy. Last year’s program played to a large audience that moved back and forth between the sights on screen and those seen through the lenses of the assembled telescopes.

Fraser Valley Astronomers Society members will provide information and viewing advice.

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