Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night Event Is Tonight at Spirio Field, Features Globular Cluster M3

This image of M3’s core was constructed using Hubble observations in visible and infrared light. The cluster is located 34,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici. It has an apparent magnitude of 6.2 and can be spotted using a pair of binoculars. The best time to observe M3 is during May. Image courtesy NASA, ESA, STScI and A. Sarajedini/University of Florida

Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Divisions have partnered up with the Parjarito Astronomers for the Dark Sky/Night program.

Anyone with an interest in star gazing and the chance to look for stars through a telescope is invited to come out Saturday night to Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Arrive at nightfall for viewing, or around sunset for setting up. If arriving at night and approaching Spirio Field, please use parking lights.

Bring a red flashlight for safety.

This gathering is weather permitting. Tonight’s featured guest is the globular cluster, M3. Hope you can join us!