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Star Gaze May 25 at Bruneau Sand Dunes

May 12, 2013 by

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Star gaze at Bruneau Dunes, Idaho

The Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park in Idaho is offering a special opportunity for star gazers to attend a solar viewing and star gazing event on May 25, 2013. The viewing will be held at the Bruneau Sand Dune Observatory from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. through a specially adapted telescope.

The event is free and will include a multimedia presentation at 8:15 at the Steele Reese Education Center in the park.

Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory, Idaho

Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory, Idaho

Bruneau Sand Dunes Observatory

The Bruneau Dunes State Park is home to Idaho’s largest public observatory. It is located along the shore of a small lake and is surrounded by dunes and a landscape of sagebrush desert and grassy flats.

The observatory allows star gazers to visit the universe and view a variety of celestial objects through their telescopes. Park staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and give star tours.

If the weather cooperates, guests can expect to view planets, the moon, nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters through Idaho’s largest public telescope. Seating is limited for the audiovisual portion of this event and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Bruneau dunes night sky Other Things to Do and See

The Bruneau Dunes State Park offers one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system and offers campsites or cabins to those who would like stay on the grounds.

The Bruneau Dunes visitor center features a wide selection of information on birds of prey, insects, fossils, wildlife and the dunes. Along with star gazing, the park is an ideal destination for bird watching, fishing and climbing.

The park features amenities for campers including showers, flush toilets, dump stations and equestrian campground and trails for those who wish to bring their horses.

Photo credits: The Knowles Gallery, RichardGHarrison, The Knowles Gallery

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