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The 13th Annual North Texas Skywatch Star Party will be held at Lake Mineral Wells State Park. The family-friendly event is hosted by Lake Mineral Wells State Park, Mike Hibbs of Tarleton State University and Tarrant County College.

The stargazing party will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

“The intent is to give the residents of North Texas a nearby meeting place and dark sky location to get together,” Hibbs said. “Most of the attendees in the past have been the curious who want to learn a little about astronomy and look through telescopes. I hope that all of those with telescopes can stay and share their knowledge of astronomy with those wanting a chance to learn and see for the first time.”

The is no charge to attend the party, but attendees must pay the state park’s admission fee, $5 per day, per person age 13 and older.

Stargazers are invited to pack up their tents and stay the night and show up early with their grills for a pre-party cookout.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park is about 50 miles west of Fort Worth off of Highway 180.

Night observations could be canceled due to cloud coverage.

For more information, contact Michael Hibbs at (254) 968-9150 or e-mail hibbs@tarleton.edu or David Owens at the park at (940) 328-1171.