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Public Star Party: Our Closest Galaxy Neighbor, Andromeda, Makes an Appearance

Join us in celebrating the arrival of our closest galaxy neighbor Andromeda in our night sky. Andromeda is a spiral galaxy that is located a mere 2.5 million light years from Earth. And for some those interested in long term planning, The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are expected to collide in ~4.5 billion years, merging to form a giant elliptical galaxy, or a large disc galaxy.

Depending on weather conditions, Star Parties can be cancelled the day of the event. All cancellations will be made by 6:30 p.m. the day of the event and our voice mail greeting will be changed to announce the cancellation. In order to obtain cancellation details you can call our phone number, 719-398-1284. We will also try to update the Custer County Community Bulletin Board page with cancellation details as well. However, the voicemail greeting is the primary source of up to date information.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

In Greek mythology, Andromeda is the daughter of the Aethiopian king Cepheus and his wife Cassiopeia. When Cassiopeia's hubris leads her to boast that Andromeda is more beautiful than the Nereids, Poseidon sends the sea monster Cetus to ravage Andromeda as divine punishment. Andromeda is chained to a rock as a sacrifice to sate the monster, but is saved from death by Perseus.