Kurt Drube has always had an interest in astronomy, and for the past five years, he’s been sharing the hobby with the people of Aberdeen.
“I grew up during the Apollo generation, and my interest really started there,” Kurt said. “Astronomy is a hobby I wanted to share. After I got my own telescope, I set up at Wylie and people kept stopping to check it out, so the Star Parties began.”
Weather permitting, the Star Parties are held once a month April through October at the Kuhnert Arboretum. Two to three telescopes are set up, and Kurt points out different constellations and planets that are visible.
“It’s a fun outdoor hobby, and everyone is welcome to come,” Kurt said. “There are even people that will bring their own telescopes to check things out.”
The events are sponsored through Aberdeen Parks and Recreation, and updates can be found on the Facebook page Aberdeen Backyard Astronomy. // —Annie Scott