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On Friday, August 30, view the wonders of the night sky through powerful telescopes and learn from knowledgeable astronomers. The Ames Area Amateur Astronomers host this free annual Star Party at Whiterock Conservancy as part of a multi-day conference that attracts astronomers from around the Midwest. The public is welcome to join the fun at 7:30 p.m. at the Whiterock Conservancy Star Field, 1523 140th Street , Coon Rapids. IA.

The night will include a short astronomy presentation, door prizes and many telescopes to view. If the weather is clear, visitors will have the chance to see numerous different galaxies, nebulas and stars millions of light years away, as well as some of the planets in our cosmic back yard, the Solar System.

All ages are welcome, and appropriate attire for the weather and a blanket are recommended.