Stars and skiing event planned for Saturday

(02-10-2011)

Join Randy Emmons, director of the Adams State College Zacheis Planetarium, for an evening cross-country ski and star talk starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Rock Creek course country track.

Participants will ski along the track, stopping to enjoy the first quarter moon and learn about the winter constellations. Emmons will have a bright laser for pointing out sky objects of interest and a pair of binoculars so participants can examine some of the objects, such as the moon, in detail. The tour will last about an hour and a half, although you may return to the parking area early if you wish.

The Rock Creek track is located on Rio Grande County Road 2S. From the stoplight near the center of Monte Vista where Highway 160 continues west while Highway 285 goes north, turn south and drive approximately 3 miles to Rio Grande County Road 2S. A brown sign for Rock Creek Campground may be visible. Turn west and follow the initially paved road past a sharp left turn and two gentler turns before the road becomes gravel. Continue along the gravel/snowy road for about five miles. The small parking area for the track is on the south side of the road. If you drive to the top of a hill with a very large parking area on the south of the road, you have gone about one mile too far.

The event is free and open to the public. The viewing is weather dependent. For this event, please dress warmly. Bring extra clothes in a backpack and definitely have a head lamp.