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Free 'Star Party' lets families see the night sky through telescopes

Middle Country Public Library to host the event on Thursday.

The Middle Country Public Library will host the

The Middle Country Public Library will host the free "Star Party" for families from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Photo Credit: iStock / Steve Cole ~ christie & cole studio inc.

See the night sky through telescopes at the Middle Country Public Library’s free "Star Party" for families from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The party is open to the public and preregistration isn’t necessary; attendees don’t need to be library-card holders. Participants will observe the night sky from the library’s outdoor Nature Explorium with the help of amateur astronomers from the Astronomical Society of Long Island. Hands-on activities will include exploration of real space rocks and creating an edible planet and moon. 

"Families can also bring their own telescopes," says Sophia Serlis-McPhillips, library director.

The party is part of NASA@ My Library; Middle Country is one of 75 public libraries chosen to be a part of NASA@ My Library, led by the Colorado-based National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute.

The library is at 101 Eastwood Blvd., Centereach. For more information, call 631-585-9393 or visit mcplibrary.org.

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