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Turning back the sun at Leasburg Dam State Park

Turning back the sun at Leasburg Dam State Park
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POSTED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:05am

UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:10am

Although we can’t turn back time, we can turn back the sun at Leasburg Dam State Park on December 21, the shortest day of the year.

This event begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.

“Winter Solstice is a perfect time to have a star party,” said State Parks Division Director Tommy Mutz. “This community event is a great opportunity for outdoor learning and fun for the whole family.”

Witness this natural phenomenon of “turning back the sun” and learn how Native people observed and recorded the sun long ago.

Presentations and activities throughout the day include sun telescopes and time-lapse film on sunlight and shadow interactions with petroglyphs.

Members of the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo will demonstrate how to bake bread in a traditional horno, along with pueblo dances throughout the day.

In the evening, Navajo, Pueblo, Apache and Blackfeet Native Americans will share traditional winter stories around a campfire.

This will be followed by night sky viewing of constellations, planets and stars with help from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces.

They will use different telescopes including Leasburg’s new 16” telescope and observatory.

For a small donation, the Friends of Leasburg Dam State Park will have coffee and hot chocolate on hand for visitors.

Bring a folding chair and dress warmly for this fun event.

How to get there: Leasburg Dam State Park is located 15 miles north of Las Cruces on I-25. Take exit 19, turn left on NM-157, and right on Leasburg Dam Road.

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