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Yosemite's 'Star Parties' offer visitors a chance to see the heavens

Published Wednesday July 27

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — From Glacier Point’s perch, the view steep down into Yosemite Valley is one of the park’s most stunning.

But clusters of Bay Area amateur astronomers are instead pointing their telescopes toward the heavens, where an inky black sky holds planets, asteroids, nebulae and galaxies.

These weekend star parties, hosted by local astronomy clubs in Glacier Point’s stone amphitheater, are a 35-year summer tradition in Yosemite National Park.

In exchange for sharing their equipment and expertise with the public, amateur astronomers get free entry into Yosemite — and coveted camping spots.

Article length: About 680 words.
Tags: Santa Cruz
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