Officially a “bronze” level dark skies park as measured by the International Dark-Sky Association, the Cosmoarium at Northstar California will host a series of stargazing events this summer. Presented by Tahoe Star Tours, participants are invited to view the brilliant skies above North Lake Tahoe during docent-led evenings Thursdays and Saturdays from June 13, 2019, through Labor Day.
Led by amateur astronomer and poet Tony Berendsen, past president of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, each tour of the night sky includes a lively science-based talk about the cosmos and telescopic view of the constellations through high-powered, professional Celestron telescopes. The telescopes use leading edge computerized technology for accurate pointing and tracking, with advanced optics for sharp, crisp views of distant celestial objects like galaxies and nebulae.
“Over the past 10 years, more than 30,000 people have participated in our stargazing events. The comment I hear most often is that people haven’t seen as many stars as we typically see in the mountains,” said Tony Berendsen, owner of Tahoe Star Tours. “Because of the clear, dark skies and unobstructed views at the Cosmoarium site, you can see about a thousand more stars than you could in an area with light pollution. This is something that sets our events apart and really excites people about Tahoe Star Tours.”
Located near the entrance to Northstar California on the upper level of the Castle Peak parking area, the Cosmoarium offers convenient access for both guests staying at or visiting the resort. The site features wide, unobstructed horizons for viewing and provides participants with comfortable seating, fire pits, outdoor heaters, complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and s’mores, and convenient, free on-site parking just a short walk from the viewing area.
Tahoe Star Tours events are $45 for adults, and $25 for children ages 12 and under. Tours begin at 8:15 p.m. and conclude at 10:30 p.m. Well behaved, leashed dogs are also welcome.
Berendsen has produced astronomy events in the Lake Tahoe region for over 18 years. His style of mixing science and art has been featured in publications including The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler. Advance reservations for all Tahoe Star Tours events are recommended, and all tours are offered weather and conditions permitting.
Tahoe Star Tours also offers private group events by reservation. Learn more at www.tahoestartours.com and make stargazing event reservations on Eventbrite.
About Tahoe Star Tours
Tony Berendsen is an award-winning amateur astronomer residing in Reno, Nevada. He is past President of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, a past President of the Astronomical Society of Nevada, and has been showing the skies above northern Nevada and California for the past 18 years, including five years at the Fleischmann Planetarium observatory in Reno. He writes astronomy articles for local publications including the bimonthly “Star Guide” for the Reno Gazette-Journal, and specializes in astronomy outreach by conducting stargazing sessions of the Sierra sky. Every Tahoe Star Tours event is as different as the starry skies above, and each one opens with a poem, a compelling and passionate star talk, followed by telescopic viewing exclusively featuring Celestron telescopes. Learn more at www.tahoestartours.com.