Join Tim Frazier, who used to head up the Magic Valley Astronomy Society at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and the waning quarter moon. Meet at the Croy Canyon Trailhead. Just drive past Mountain Humane and Rotarun Ski Area to the BLM’s BMX track. A small green sign on the right says “Trailhead.” As you turn in, turn your headlights off and use your parking lights to drive to preserve the night vision.
There are restrooms at the trailhead. Bring warm clothes; a chair; flashlight, preferably with a red filter, and telescope, binoculars, and your eyeballs.
Tim will have a couple of telescopes and astronomy binoculars for people to borrow.
The new group plans to meet once a month. It also may tie into the Twin Falls Astronomy Society’s talks via Zoom or some other method. Questions? Contact Kristin Fletcher at [email protected].
Frazier, by the way, was featured Sunday’s “CBS Sunday Morning” about the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, which is one of just 16 such reserves around the world.
Frazier noted that the Sun Valley and Stanley area is particularly good for stargazing because of very clear and relatively stable air.
“Light pollution is very disruptive, and it’s disruptive for animals like us,” he said.