The 20th annual event will feature many activities throughout the day and the night as well

The 20th Annual Star Party at Prineville Reservoir State Park Day Use Area happens Saturday, May 4.

It's a day-long, family-friendly celebration of Central Oregon's dark night skies.

This year's presentations, displays and kid's activities will focus on the theme of Mars. Events will begin at 9 a.m. with two free kayak tours of the lake environment, looking at geology and history of the area.

Other activities include a discovery hike, solar system stroll and solar viewing, a free hot dog lunch, a virtual reality demonstration, and kid's programs throughout the afternoon.

Continuing into the evening, guests will learn more about space exploration from the director of the (Sunriver) Oregon Observatory, and kids will participate in a Mars Mission Party.

At dark, the telescopes come out for up-close-and-personal stargazing and planet viewing.

The event is free to the public and open to all and is co-hosted by long-time partners, the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory. For more information, call 541-447-4363.

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