RAYMOND – Weather postponed the look into the sky earlier this month, but the star party at Branched Oak Observatory is again scheduled for next weekend.

The Nebraska SciFest Star Party will take place Saturday, April 27 at observatory, located at 14300 Northwest 98th Street, four miles west from Raymond.

The event is free of charge.

Observatory Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Sibbernsen said the party would start with a study of the sun from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can learn more about solar activity, like solar flares, sun-spots and other sun-related phenomenon.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, the observatory will hold a viewing session for the many objects that can be seen at night, including distant galaxies, star clusters and planets of our own solar system, such as Mars.

Sibbernsen said the Star Party had been originally scheduled for April 6, but had to be moved due to cloudy weather that would have severely limited visibility.

Should the weather become a problem about April 27, Sibbernsen and Co-founder Matthew Anderson have prepared lectures and lessons to be held in the observatory’s classroom.

Sibbernsen said the goal of the star party is to help promote science and scientific studies among young visitors and help foster a passion for the sciences.

When the observatory was approached about holding an event in conjunction with the Nebraska Science Festival, he said it was not a difficult decision to make.

“Being part of a larger group, working with other organizations to help expose sciences to folks was an easy choice,” Sibbernsen said.

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