Telescopes, astronomers and food trucks are the focus of the fifth annual Star Party and Food Truck Roundup at Green Fields K-12 School Wednesday, Jan. 18.
The astronomical adventure takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the school’s 22-acre campus at 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra, near Shannon and Orange Grove roads. At 5 p.m. the school will offer tours for prospective students and their families. The event is open to the public.
The Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association will set up three large telescopes on the school’s grassy quad and provide astronomers to help children and adults find stellar attractions.
The event usually draws families, area residents and fans following specific food trucks, said Chloe Weeks, the school’s community relations coordinator: “It’s usually a pretty chill night.”
The Tucson Food Truck Roundup is slated to serve up a range of snacks and dinner for sale in the front parking lot. Last year’s event drew a half dozen trucks and about 60 diners.
This is the astronomy association’s fourth year supporting Green Fields with telescopes for nighttime viewing. Jim Knoll, TAAA’s community event coordinator, said through an email that the students and parents are always enthusiastic about exploring the night sky and ask thought-provoking questions.
The association supports, on average, 100 free star parties throughout the year for schools, nonprofit organizations and the public.
More than half of these star parties are for schools throughout the Tucson community. Learn more about the group at tucsonastronomy.org
Next Wednesday is a good time to see planets Venus, Mars, Neptune and Uranus in the southwest, the Pleiades star cluster and the Andromeda galaxy high overhead, and the Orion constellation rising in the east. The Star Party will go on whether the weather is clear or cloudy.