Public Invited to "Star Party" at Gaylord Palms Resort

Telescopic viewing on Thursday evening, January 7th, is FREE and open to all.

Dec 31, 2015, 10:54 ET from American Astronomical Society

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Astronomical Society invites the public to look through telescopes during a "star party" at the 227th AAS meeting ( being held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee from January 4th through the 8th. The event, which is FREE and open to the public, will occur (weather permitting) on Thursday, January 7th, from 6:30 to 11:00 pm at the Transportation Loop — follow the signs and glow sticks. Parking is $15.

The AAS is partnering with Florida amateur-astronomy clubs and organizations to show you the wonders of the night sky. We'll provide telescopes and knowledgeable skywatchers who will show you such telescopic treats as the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Double Cluster in Perseus. You don't need to own or know how to operate a telescope; all you have to do is show up! Suitable for adults and kids ages 10 and up, this event offers a unique opportunity to explore the universe overhead with astronomers available to answer all your questions.

Our partners include the Southern Cross Astronomy Club, the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association, the Central Florida Astronomical Society, and the Emil Buehler Planetarium.

We will cancel the star party in case of overcast skies or rain. Weather and logistics updates will be posted on Facebook at; our cancellation alert hotline is 917-592-1972.

The AAS offers complimentary press registration to qualified local media representatives who wish to cover the 227th AAS meeting:

The AAS, established in 1899 and based in Washington, DC, is the major organization of professional astronomers and planetary scientists in North America. Its membership of about 7,000 also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers, and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the AAS is to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the universe.

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