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Friday, March 8
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Star Party
Explore the night sky above Cerrillos. Catch the green laser tour of bright stars and constellation. Then marvel at views of the Great Orion Nebula, the Pleiades star cluster, galaxies and other celestial treats through telescopes.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 5054740196

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Saturday, March 9
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Oliver Lee
The Pleiades and Praesepe
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group host a star party highlighting nearby star clusters in the constellations of Taurus and Cancer. The name Pleiades comes from the Greeks to mean 'sailing' and defined the good sailing season on the Mediterranean Sea. In the night sky it looks like a very tiny dipper. The Praesepe, or Beehive cluster, was seen as a ghost by ancient Chinese skywatchers. Learn about our nearby open clusters under a dark Oliver Lee night sky. The planet Uranus is to the upper right of the sliver of the Moon. Dress warmly come early and witness a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284

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Saturday, March 9
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Pancho Villa
16th Annual Camp Furlong Day
Watch the horse riders from Mexico join the American horse riders as they ride into the Village of Columbus plaza as a show of friendship between both countries. The horses usually arrive in town between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Enjoy food, music, dancing, and other festivities in the plaza. Starting at 1 p.m. in the Rec Hall building at Pancho Villa State Park, enjoy talks and slide shows about Villa's 1916 raid on Columbus presented by three notable historians. The last talk goes from 3 - 4 p.m.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Read 575-531-2711

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