News Release 12-039
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Stephen Stout, (509) 773-3141 Goldendale.Observatory@parks.wa.gov
Sandy Mealing, (360) 902-8559 Sandy.Mealing@parks.wa.gov
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
View the partial eclipse of the sun from Goldendale Observatory State Park
May 3, 2012 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to view the partial eclipse of the sun from Goldendale Observatory State Park in Klickitat County.
The viewing runs from 4 to 7 p.m. May 20 in the interpretive center theater at Goldendale Observatory State Park, 1602 Observatory Drive in Goldendale. Participants may view the 95 percent eclipse of the sun by the moon on the large screen monitor of the interpretive center’s indoor theater. Live video images from the observatory’s solar telescope will display the moon’s passage between Earth and sun, creating the partial solar eclipse. The Discover Pass is required to attend this event.
This celestial event is one of many interpretive programs at Goldendale Observatory State Park in 2012. The observatory also will play host to Discover Outer Space – a Centennial 2013 event on June 5, where visitors may watch the rare transit of Venus across the sun. For more information about this and other events in Washington state parks, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events.
Goldendale Observatory State Park is a five-acre educational facility on a 2,100-foot-high hilltop, one mile north of the city of Goldendale. The observatory houses one of the nation's largest public telescopes, featuring a 24-inch Cassegrain reflecting telescope. Sky-watchers have viewed the universe at the observatory since its opening in 1973. The park offers views of the countryside from atop the observatory hill in the daytime and views of the space at night.
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The Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. The 99-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.
Support state parks by purchasing your Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.