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Free virtual star watch party Thursday night

Free virtual star watch party Thursday night
Posted at 5:04 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 10:06:58-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — When is the last time you looked up at the night sky?

If you or your little ones are fascinated by space and are curious to be able to name our constellations, on Thursday night the Space Foundation Discovery Center is hosting a star watch party, and you don't need any telescopes to join!

The center wants to empower kids and space enthusiasts to explore what's around them using what we already have - like cell phones!

On Thursday night starting at 6 p.m., they will be hosting a free virtual star watch party on Facebook led by space educator specialist Jeff Gonyea.

For more information on that event, click here for the Facebook event page.

He will be able to point out different constellations and sights in our night sky, and basically, Gonyea will use his telescope and show you what he is seeing and all you have to do is follow along from the screen while comparing to what you're seeing where you are.

"Most things that revolve around the space education can be taken off the screen," Gonyea explained. "And put into that hands-on, we-love-to-touch it world and that makes gets kids and their parents involved."

Gonyea will also be fielding questions in the comments.

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is also hosting a "Train like an Astronaut" virtual program, where kids get to use tools around them to replicate exercises that astronauts have to do.

The next one is January 27 and it's $6 to enroll, funds which go right back to pay for the center's educational efforts.

To find out more about this program, and other upcoming events, you can check out the center's website here.