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Boise Astronomical Society Annual Idaho Star Party

Most of what we would consider "nightlife" isn't exactly kid friendly, but the annual Idaho Star Party thrown by Boise Astronomical Society is a notable exception to the rule. BAS is a group of astronomers and space-lovers ranging from amateur to expert, and one weekend a year the group invites the public to join its members at Bruneau Dunes State Park for two days of talks, moongazing and camping under the stars. The 2018 Idaho Star Party is set for Friday-Sunday, September 7-9, and will include Friday and Saturday presentations, kid's programs, prize drawings, a Saturday night "Star-B-Que" and nightly "serious viewing" events. Registration costs $25, but you can cut the price in half by staking your claim to a spot before Wednesday, August 1.

"The Bruneau Dunes State Park features a public observatory that hosts a number of high quality telescopes that are for everyone's use, including an outstanding 25-inch Newtonian Reflector," reads the ISP website. "Additionally, most amateur astronomers are happy to share their instruments!"

With that kind of community spirit, it's no wonder the Idaho Star Party has been a local mainstay for more than 30 years.

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