Mount St. Helens Sky and Star Party

Attend a Sky and Star Party at the Science and Learning Center on Saturday, Sept. 16. The event—hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute and others—features talks by former NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger and others, live music by Jawbone Flats, telescope viewing, astronomy-themed crafts, dinner, and more. The event will happen rain or shine, and is open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight. A suggested donation of $10 per person includes all speakers, activities, and dinner. Overnight reservations are available for those who want to stay late to view dark sky objects and camp out. Camping reservations are available online at The cost is $30 per person and includes camping, breakfast, and a guided morning walk or hike in addition to all of the public events.

Bring the kids to enjoy astronomy crafts from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a pasta dinner and live music from Jawbone Flats from 5 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., hear stories from Metcalf-Lindenburger at 7 p.m. Greg Cermac, NASA’s Solar System Ambassador, will also share information on volcanism in the inner solar system at 3 p.m. Howard Knytych, Mt. Hood Community College instructor and Rose City Astronomers member, will speak about cryvolcanism and Pluto at 4 p.m.

In the evening, amateur astronomers from Friends of Galileo and the Rose City Astronomers will share their telescopes and enthusiasm for the night sky, giving the public an opportunity to see some deep sky objects. An introduction will begin at 8 p.m., followed by telescope viewing and a guided constellation identification walk. Sky viewing is weather dependent. Day of weather updates will be posted to Facebook at The full schedule is online at

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