Astronomical BBQ & Star Party slated Sept. 27

It’s Astronomical Barbecue and Star Party time again at Cerro Coso Community College. The family-friendly fundraising event will offer great food, live entertainment and the beauty and wonders of the night skies.

This year’s signature event will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, and is being co-sponsored by Zurn’s Electric and C. Martin Co. Inc. Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Treacherous Edges.

This fun-filled fundraiser benefits Cerro Coso Community College and the “Dr. Alexis Shlanta Observatory.”

A barbecue dinner will be held on the lawn in front of the library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the Star Party will get under way at 7:30 p.m. at the observatory.

For those desiring transportation, golf carts will be running continuously from the library parking lot to the observatory and back.

College staff, students and enthusiasts of China Lake Astronomical Society will point out major stars and constellations. About 10 telescope stations will be set up inside the observatory compound for public viewing and education.

Star parties have been an important part of the amateur astronomy scene for many years.

The Maturango Museum’s portable planetarium is a welcome addition to this year’s event. Everyone is invited to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

Tickets for the event may be purchased at Red Rock Books, the Ridgecrest Chamber of Com-merce, and the Cerro Coso business office.

Dinner will include a grilled tri-tip sandwich, salad, beans, drink, and dessert for $10.

For details call the college at 760-384-6260.

Story First Published: 2013-09-18