September 6, 2013
People had a free chance to check out the September skies Friday night in Albemarle County.
More than 50 stargazers of all ages gathered at the Ivy Creek Natural Area for a star party.
The Charlottesville Astronomical Society sets up their telescopes for people to peer through four times a year, weather permitting.
On Friday night, people were able to look at Venus and Saturn, including Saturn's rings and at least one of its moons.
"One of the things I hope is that from their experience of the outdoors is that something in their life, maybe it's only a tiny thing, changes a little bit. So that the next time theyre outdoors they notice somehting they didn't notice before. And from this program they might notice the moon or a star that they hadn't seen before," said Bruce Gatling-Austin, Education Coordinator for the Ivy Creek Foundation.
The next star party should be in December. if you'd like to come to one, or one of the many free, public events that the Ivy Creek Foundation hosts, visit their website for a list of events.