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Astronomy

This June 18, 2017, photo provided by Nils Ribi Photography shows the Milky Way over the Smoky Mountains near Ketchum. The International Dark-Sky Association designated the city of Ketchum an International Dark Sky Community on  Oct. 31, 2017 — only the 16th in the world.

NILS RIBI PHOTOGRAPHY via AP

KETCHUM — The Sawtooth Botanical Garden will present the second of a four-part astronomy series beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the garden, 11 Gimlet Road, four miles south of Ketchum. Tim Frazier, president of the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will give an hour lecture on shooting the night sky with a camera or cell phone.

At 8 p.m., participants will move outside to observe “Oh Wow!” deep sky objects. Kristin Fletcher, SBG education director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them.

Preregistration is required. SBG members $10; nommembers $12; children under 16 free. Space is limited to 20 participants — payment will confirm your spot.

To register or for more information, call 208-726-9358 or go to www.sbgarden.org.

The series will continue with two additional nights of lectures and night sky viewing in 2018. Aug. 12 will be a family night at Croy Canyon; the Perseid meteor shower will be a highlight. Nov. 13 will feature outstanding winter constellations — the horse, the maiden and the queen.

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