Natrona County High School is seen among the trees as a “super blue moon” sets early Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, in central Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District is inviting the community to gaze at the lunar wonders during its “Observe the Moon Night” event at the Casper Planetarium, 904 N. Poplar St., on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will offer observatory and telescope viewings complemented by entertaining activities tailored for children.

Established in 1966, the Casper Planetarium stands as Wyoming’s oldest continuously operating planetarium. It boasts the latest digital technology from Digitalis Education Solutions, providing visitors a gateway to the stars and a leap through time.

As part of NCSD, the planetarium plays a role in enhancing the K–12 science curriculum. Throughout the year, the dedicated staff at the planetarium bolster classroom lessons with curated shows, activities and lessons designed to align with specific grade-level standards.

Beyond its educational mission, the facility also holds public screenings, serving as a valuable resource for the Casper community.

For “Observe the Moon Night,” a collaborative effort is in place. The evening’s children’s activities are sponsored by the Casper Planetarium, High Plains Astronomical Community, Girl Scouts of Wyoming and MonyFacePaint.

As a special treat, attendees can catch the “Imagine the Moon” feature playing twice during the event, at 7:10 and 7:45 p.m.