Albemarle Cider Works Hosts Star Party

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University of Virginia astronomers brought some high-powered star gazing tools to families in southern Albemarle County Saturday night.

Albemarle Cider Works hosted the "Star Party" where people could set up their telescopes to gaze upon the heavens. The event is part of the Dark Skies, Bright Students program which is geared at getting kids excited about astronomy.

Program Director Kelsey Johnson said "The goal is to enhance science literacy, and one of the ways we do that is by showcasing the amazing dark nighttime skies we have here south of Charlottesville. We actually have some of the darkest nighttime skies here in Central Virginia of anywhere on the East Coast."

The star party also featured an inflatable planetarium, and a planet walk to show people relative distances between the planets and the sun.

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