The Challenger Learning Center is seen here in Kenai, Alaska on Sept. 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

The Challenger Learning Center is seen here in Kenai, Alaska on Sept. 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Challenger Learning Center to hold star party Saturday

Friday’s event will be held at the center’s Kenai location and is not requiring RSVPs.

The Challenger Learning Center is inviting you to party under the stars this Saturday. The center is holding a “Star Party” in partnership with the Southcentral Alaska Astronomical Society and with solar system ambassadors from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Saturday’s event will be held at the center’s Kenai location and is not requiring RSVPs. All ages are invited to attend, however youth must be accompanied by an adult, the center said.

“If you or your child is a sky enthusiast you do not want to miss this night!” the center’s event flier says.

Among other things, the event will include stargazing through telescopes provided by the Anchorage Museum, the University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium & Visualization Theater and the Challenger Learning Center. Warm beverages and other star-related activities will also be available, as will astronomy professionals from the aforementioned organizations and agencies.

The Southcentral Alaska Astronomical Society is a group of amateur astronomers from the Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley areas. More information about Friday’s event can be found on the Challenger Learning Center’s Facebook page and website.

Saturday’s event will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, located at 9711 Kenai Spur Hwy. in Kenai.

— Clarion staff

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the day of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska’s Star Party. That event will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Clarion regrets the error.

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