Cerro Coso Community College

Star Party an Astronomical Success

Faculty members Frank Timpone, Karen O’Connor, and Tony Damiano pose for a photo at the star party photobooth.

High above the city lights, perched on the hill, on the darkest night, the Cerro Coso Community College Dr. Alex Shlanta Observatory proved the perfect setting for a night of good food, great music, planetary education, and fundraising. The stars were shining bright with minimal light, providing an ideal venue for stargazing during the Annual Astronomical Barbecue and Star Party on Friday, September 22, 2017. Professional astronomers and enthusiasts from the college and local China Lake Astronomical Society were on hand to share their expertise and assist the more than 350 participants to explore the celestial bodies in the night sky.

The CCCC Administration and CCCC Foundation team up every year for the signature, family friendly fundraising event. Dinner was prepared on the front lawn of the LRC and Treacherous Edges provided musical entertainment.

As the summer begins to wind down, the September skies are perfect for exploration. This year’s event was fun and educational for the whole family. All proceeds will enhance Cerro Coso’s ability to provide the community with valuable services.