Southern Maine Astronomers will be offering an evening of public stargazing at the Westbrook High School Saturday.

This is the second of five public star parties in the greater Portland area that Southern Maine Astronomers is hosting this summer. The event is being held on the soccer fields at 8 p.m.

“We are grateful for the warm welcome from the city of Westbrook in finding a convenient site for our event,” said Paul Howell, president of Southern Maine Astronomers.

Southern Maine Astronomers is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to astronomical education, research and the fun of learning about the night sky.

“We invite people of all ages and interests to come and get a look through some great telescopes at the many wonders of our Maine summertime skies, including the Moon, Jupiter, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae,” Howell said.

Southern Maine Astronomers members will also be offering a telescope clinic to telescope owners who may be having difficulty using their own telescopes. People seeking that kind of help should arrive early around 7 p.m., while there is still daylight.

The star party is free, although donations will be accepted. For more information about the club and directions to the Westbrook star party site, please visit

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