Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys, Perfect for Gazing the Night Skies

    By Willie J. Allen Jr. and Chris Zuppa

    The Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys is a serious event designed for both serious and amateur astronomers.  The WSP, established in 1984, is held annually, usually during the new moon in February. 

    The locale's warm weather, dark skies and distinction as the only place in North America from which the Southern Cross can be viewed draws attendees from all over the frozen United States, Canada, and Europe.

    The astronomical gathering allows participants to meet and share observiatiional ideas, astro-imaging techniques and information on what's new in the hobby. WSP offers a stellar line-up of expert speakers.

    WSP is held under the auspices of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society, a not -for-profit organization that funnels proceeds from this annual event toward public education projects, scholarship programs, humanitarian needs and Girl Scout Camp improvements.

    The locale, and the event, are ideal for capturing a mesmerizing time lapse of the night sky.

    Plan to go? Do so early; you'll need reservations for this popular event.

    For more information, visit the Southern Cross Astronomical Society's website. Then go, and get ready to show off your own night sky time lapse from your Florida trip.

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