The College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus will host the 12th edition of its popular Star Party event, inviting students and community members to experience the beautiful complexity of the universe, while participating in an educational program designed to immerse students in the science of the stars.
The fall 2015 Star Party will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the campus’ Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater. The campus is located at 17200 Sierra Highway.
As always, the evening will include a variety of interactive displays, exhibits, experiments and demonstrations presented by the college’s chemistry, geology, astronomy and physics departments, among others.
This semester’s event will focus on the theme of ‘Innovation’ while exploring the innovative techniques and tools used to research the world and universe around us.
Included will be a special presentation from Dr. Luisa Rebull, research astronomer at the Infrared Science Archive and Spitzer Science Center at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at California Institute of Technology.
Rebull’s research focuses on the formation of young, low-mass stars throughout the galaxy using infrared space-based telescopes, as well as many other telescopes and other wavelengths.
Her presentation entitled “More Than Your Eyes Can See: Infrared Light” will share information about what can be learned by studying all the wavelengths of light.
Star Party attendees will also have the chance to gaze at the stars through a collection of telescopes set up for public use. In addition, a ‘Tallest Tower’ building competition will be included among the night’s events.
“The Star Party remains a beloved community event at the Canyon Country campus, celebrating so much of what we love about this amazing facility,” said Ryan Theule, vice president of the Canyon Country campus. “The event highlights the open skies and instructional excellence offered here and showcases the amazing mix of talent found among our students, faculty and staff. This fun, family-friendly format always makes for a fun night!”
The Star Party event is free and open to the public. Students, families and community members alike are encouraged to attend the event and bring blankets and lawn chairs along with them. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase on site.
For more information, call (661) 362-3800 or follow the link.