National Park Service to Host Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch on January 28th

Winter Star Party Will Feature Night Sky Poster Artist


The National Park Service, in partnership with the Ventura County Astronomical Society, will host its annual Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In addition to sky party favorites, such as kids activities and viewing night sky objects through numerous high-powered telescopes, Dr. Tyler Nordgren will give a presentation about astronomy in national parks. Dr. Nordgren, a professor of physics and astronomy at University of Redlands, is well known for his gorgeous retro-style posters of national parks in the dark. His work has been featured by media, such as Wired magazine and National Public Radio.

Dr. Nordgren is also working on a night sky poster featuring Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A recent study found that light pollution produced within the recreation area, although high, remained relatively steady between 1992 and 2012. Tips on reducing light pollution are available on the website from the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service.

The full schedule for the evening is:

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Kids' Activities

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in the National Parks, Dr. Tyler Nordgren

7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Telescope Viewing

Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura.

Rain will cancel the telescope viewing, but will not cancel Dr. Nordgren’s talk or kids activities, which will be located under a covered pavilion.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit