Explore the night sky at REI

Callista Pearson

There’s nothing better than camping on a warm summer night and looking up at the stars. But have you wondered what are you really looking at? On February 28 at REI, a free program, Night Visions, will teach you to explore the sky with just a pair of  binoculars. Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to learn more about an under-appreciated treasure of the great outdoors, a clear dark night sky. Attendees will be introduced to astronomy you can see with your unaided eyes.

“Asking and wondering about the nightgeminid meteor shower copysky is integral to the outdoor experience,” says Seth Jarvis, Director of Clark Planetarium. Jarvis hopes to give you a reason to marvel at what you can see in the night sky when you’re away from the city lights. He will teach you how to identify whether what you’re seeing is a planet or a star. Or is that fast moving light a satellite or a plane?

All ages are invited to the free event at the Salt Lake City REI at 3285 East 3300 South. The discussion will run from 7-8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. For more information call 801-486-2100 or sign up online.

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