UND Space Studies and Astronomy Club to host special ‘Star Party’ event on Friday, Aug. 10


David L. Dodds

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John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences


The University of North Dakota Department of Space Studies and the University's Astronomy Club will be holding a special, previously unscheduled, "Public Star Party" event at the UND Observatory about 10 miles west of Grand Forks near Emerado, N.D.

This Star Party will focus on the very active "Perseid Meteor Shower" that will be taking place Friday night. It's free, everyone is welcome and activities are targeted for all age.

Here are the details for Friday's special Star Party:

Who: UND Space Studies Department and UND Astronomy Club representatives

When: 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10.

Where: The UND Observatory is near Emerado. GPS Coordinates: 47.9115, -97.3252. Or take U.S. Highway 2 west from Grand Forks, turn left onto a dirt road just after mile marker 346, turn right at the "T" intersection right after the railroad tracks. After a little more than a mile, turn left. There will be a green and white sign that reads "UND Observatory." The observatory will be on the left after about ½ mile.

Weather permitting: The event is contingent on clear skies and could be cancelled if conditions are not favorable. Cancellation announcements will be made on the UND Observatory Facebook and Twitter pages.

Additional information : The public also is invited to bring telescopes or use ones provided by the astronomy club and Space Studies Department.