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2017 Sean Duffy: The First Star People
September 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
NOTE: Program to begin inside visitor center transitioning to star viewing outside using high-power telescopes.
People come from all over the world to enjoy the dark clear skies of the Southwest. Free from light pollution, the skies offer beauty and insight into the universe. Astronomy has been practiced here for thousands of years and although native cultures did not leave much in the way of written records, they left enough evidence behind to show that they had a keen interest in and a vast knowledge of the stars , sun, and moon. This raises the question: ..why are Native Americans astronomers?
A park ranger for 34 years, Sean has been studying cultural and natural history throughout the west and combines the two in his astronomy programs. Rumored to have a six sense about fossils, he manages to find fossils where ever he roams.