Looking forward to offering its first StarWalk as a gold-rated International Dark Sky Park, Copper Breaks invites the public for a blend of history, legends and lore.
Copper Breaks State Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park. Copper Breaks is one of only four sites in the state of Texas with an International Dark Sky Association Gold rating. The Gold rating is the highest rating possible for a dark sky site. What this means is that the stars at night are big and bright and visitors have spectacular viewing opportunities.
Copper Breaks staff and park friends have been offering the popular StarWalk for nineteen years. The first StarWalk as a recognized Dark Sky Park is set for Saturday, August 23, 2014. SkyGuide volunteer Terry Paridon will lead participants in a naked-eye exploration of the night sky beginning at sunset, around 8:30 p.m. in Big Pond Campground.
In addition to the after-dark programs, Sky Guide volunteers will again offer Sun Fun at 5:00 p.m. Sun Fun offers the public rare views of our own star, the Sun, through telescopes fitted with filters for safe viewing.
Nighttime observing begins after sunset. Paridon will begin the program with a tour of the darkening sky-the original StarWalk. Blending science with history, legends, and lore, Paridon will take the public on a tour through major constellations, spotlighting bright stars, and introducing the â??star-hoppingâ?? technique to find other interesting objects.
After the StarWalk the public is invited to view these various dark-sky objects through the parkâ??s binoculars and telescopes with the help of knowledgeable Sky Guide volunteers who come from throughout Texas and Oklahoma to assist with the StarWalk.
The 2014 slate of StarWalks includes Saturday presentations set for August 23, September 27, and October 18, weather permitting.
Upon entering the park, StarWalk signs will direct visitors to Big Pond Campground and parking. The quarter-mile walk into the observing area is on lighted asphalt, and extra assistance for the handicapped is available from park personnel.
StarWalk and Sun Fun are continuing Campsite Programs offered by Copper Breaks State Park. For more information on park facilities or other programs, call 940-839-4331 during business hours.
For more information on the StarWalk or other Copper Breaks programs or facilities, contact the park during business hours at 940-839-4331. Copper Breaks State Park is located 13 miles south of Quanah and eight miles north of Crowell on State Highway 6.