Walkway Announces New STARWALK Series for 2018

STARWALKS are a new addition to the Walkway’s astronomical and night sky-themed programs. Open and free to the public, STARWALKS are designed to be fun, educational and interactive for the star-curious and advanced stargazer alike. Each event offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the stars and enjoy the breathtaking horizon-to-horizon view of the night sky on the Walkway Over the Hudson.

“If you enjoy our monthly MOONWALKS, you’ll love the new STARWALK program!” said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, referencing the popular monthly MOONWALK series featuring the full moon. “STARWALKs are scheduled around unique occurrences in the celestial calendar, with innovative stations to offer guests an opportunity to meet people with similar interests and experience the Walkway in a new way.”

Upcoming sessions and corresponding celestial events include:

  • Sun., July 15, 8:30 pm: STARWALK – When the Moon Meets Venus
  • Fri., July 27, 8:00 pm: MOONWALK
  • Sun., Aug. 12, 8:00 pm: STARWALK – Shooting Stars and Big Planets
  • Fri., Aug. 24, 7:30 pm: MOONWALK
  • Fri., Sept. 7, 7:30 pm: STARWALK – Distant Realms: Neptune and Andromeda
  • Fri., Sept. 21, 7:00 pm: MOONWALK
  • Fri., Oct. 5, 6:00 pm: STARRY STARRY NIGHT — Walkway Benefit Event
  • Fri., Oct. 26, 6:00 pm: MOONWALK

At both STARWALKS and MOONWALKS (weather permitting), astronomy enthusiasts and educators from area colleges and organizations will be stationed along the Walkway to engage attendees on a variety of topics. Themes may include: Introductions to the night sky; observing the cosmos with telescopes and the naked eye; viewing a solar system model; nighttime photography tips; interdisciplinary science trivia and presentations; sky art; plus readings, stories, food and a universe of fun!

Events are free however, please REGISTER so we can plan for attendance.

For the safety of all, bicycles, rollerblades, and skateboards are not permitted for these events. If you bring your furry friends along for the fun, all pets must be on a 4-foot non-retractable leash with a light up collar (glow sticks will be available for purchase). 

Notes: No planned rain-dates – events held even if cloudy. Lighting will be limited to preserve the sky, so please bring a flashlight.

 

Supporting Organizations

Walkway Over the Hudson

John R. Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz

Vassar College Observatory

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association

Marist College

Poughkeepsie Public Library District

US Senator Charles Schumer

 

Register here for the event!

See the flyer here.