Moon and stars to shine at Midwest City party

A free star party is planned Saturday night in Midwest City, hosted by the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club.
by Robert Medley Modified: October 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: October 9, 2013

The stars of the party will be in the sky Saturday when local amateur astronomers host their annual star party.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Steve's Pro Shop at 709B S Air Depot. It's free to the public.

The moon — although it's not a star at all — likely will be the biggest star of the party, said Mike Brake, spokesman for the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club.

“We'll observe the moon when it's high in the sky,” Brake said.

It will be 63 percent illuminated Saturday on what is also celebrated as Astronomy Day and International Observe the Moon Night.

Those who look toward the sky should see shadows and craters on the moon, Brake said.

Other than the moon, there are plenty of stars, planets and sights in the sky to see, weather permitting.

Venus should be visible. And the Ring Nebula, the glowing shroud of gas around a dying star, will be seen.

Stargazers also will see the star system known as Epsilon Lyrae, a quadruple star system that is described as two pairs of double stars, Brake said.

by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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