LAS VEGAS – Skye Canyon hosts Skye & Stars, an evening of stargazing with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society (LVAS) on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Picnicking and music by DJ Tonearmz start at 6:30 p.m.; telescopes are open for viewing from 7:30 until 9 p.m. The event takes place at Skye Canyon Park and is free and open to the public.
Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic of food and beverages and blankets; picnic boxes provided by Rachel’s Kitchen will also be available for $10.
LVAS will provide telescopes and two Mallincams, a powerful high-tech astronomy video camera. Officers of the club will be on hand to assist guests using the telescopes and act as guides on what Nebulas, planets, stars, and galaxies in the sky to focus on that evening.
“Skye Canyon is in the perfect location for celestial sightings. Early to mid-September, individuals are blown away when they see Saturn’s moons and rings through a telescope,” said Greg McKay, Las Vegas Astronomical Society president. “Other cool solar sights in September include Mars, the moon and the possibility of seeing an Iridium flare, which is a low orbiting satellite reflecting bright sunlight as it streaks across the sky. Kids love them because they appear and disappear like magic.”
LVAS is a non-profit organization of amateur astronomers that was formed to promote astronomy in Southern Nevada for the sole purpose of educating and sharing their astrological passion with the public. They provide support to schools and other organizations with similar programs. They also provide educational opportunities and outreach for youth science programs, Scout Troops, service agencies and other organizations with an interest in astronomy.
“As the base camp for the great outdoors, Stars and Skye is the perfect event to end the summer,” said Troy Meier, Skye Canyon Park’s general manager. “It is a priority at Skye Canyon to build a sense of community for our residents and neighbors and this event helps us to accomplish that goal.”
Earlier in the day, Pardee Homes will unveil its Keystone neighborhood at Skye Canyon during the Pardee Homes First Look event from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. The fresh, bold designs will include four home plans, three of which will be modeled at First Look, including a version of its award-winning Transitional Farmhouse. Pardee is the fourth homebuilder to open at Skye Canyon, a 1,700-acre master-planned community in Northwest Las Vegas which also includes Woodside Homes, Pulte Homes, and Century Communities.
Skye Canyon Park, includes Skye Center, an 8,142-square-foot rustic contemporary community center featuring Skye Bistro, a coffee and wine bar, fireplaces and outdoor fire-pits and Skye Fitness a 9,663-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness facility with massive sliding patio doors so residents can integrate outdoor and indoor workouts. Other amenities found at Skye Fitness include an outdoor Junior Olympic swimming pool, yoga and spin rooms, and top-of-the-line fitness equipment. Skye Canyon offers designated bike lanes on all major streets, extensive hiking and biking trails, and parks throughout the community. For more information about Skye Canyon, visit skyecanyon.com.
About Skye Canyon
Skye Canyon is a 1,700-acre master-planned community in Northwest Las Vegas located on US 95 at Skye Canyon Park Drive. Offering entry-level, move-up and luxury neighborhoods for individuals, couples, families and active adults who share a passion for outdoor activities, wellness, and immersive living, it is the first master-planned community to break ground in Las Vegas in nearly a decade. Along with commercial offerings and a gaming location, Skye Canyon will include 9,000 home sites and unique amenities like designated bike lanes, an extensive trail network for hiking and biking, and community parks including Skye Canyon Park, featuring a state-of-the-art community center, Skye Center, and fitness center, Skye Fitness, among others. Skye Canyon is a product of leading developer Olympia Companies, joined by Stonehill Capital Management and Spectrum Group Management LLC.