ALTO, Texas — Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to participate in a night program of star gazing. Activities will include classroom instruction and actual night sky viewing. Participants will learn about how the light spectrum can provide astronomers and amateurs important information about the stars and night sky above us – what’s between us and an object, its speed, and weather its moving away or towards us. Night time viewing will include constellation identification, finding the North Star, Jupiter, the Andromeda galaxy the most distant object visible to the necked eye, the Orion constellation, and the Orion Nebula. Hot coffee and cocoa will be provided. There is a $2.00 charge for the program. You are invited to bring your own telescope. Mission Tejas State Park, six miles further west on State Highway 21, is hosting the viewing of the video “Star of Bethlehem” the same night at 6:00 PM.
WHO: Mr. Collin Timmons (SFA Graduate Student) and others will host the program
WHAT: Star Gazing at Caddo Mounds. $2.00 admission fee per person
Ample parking provided
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2012 (Please call to indicate interest in attending.)
7:45 P.M. Classroom Time
8:45 P.M. Transition to outside viewing area
WHERE: Caddo Mounds SHS, 1649 State Hwy 21 west, Alto, Texas. The site is located 6 miles west of Alto, and approximately 30 minutes from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville and Crockett, Texas. Call 936-858-3218 for directions or additional information.
BACKGROUND: Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. Located along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, the site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information visit www.visitcaddomounds.com .