Crater of Diamonds State Park to host Awesome Astronomy event


On Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m., all ages are invited to come to the Crater of Diamonds State Park campground amphitheater for an evening under the stars! Guest astronomer Rick Floyd will share his knowledge of the night sky, along with fascinating photos of the moon, stars, nebulae, and more that he has taken.

Mr. Floyd first became interested in astronomy as a child, when he asked Santa for a telescope for Christmas. As he grew older and acquired a deeper love of space, he began taking pictures through his telescopes, to share captivating celestial scenes with family and friends.

On many nights, Mr. Floyd can still be found photographing the night sky or looking up at the stars. He participates in photographic research of deep space and regularly contributes observations to citizen science projects. Mr. Floyd enjoys sharing his love for astronomy with others and helping them learn how they can stargaze from their own backyards.

Awesome Astronomy is free to attend. Participants should dress for the outdoors, and bring a flashlight to use after the program. Mr. Floyd will also have telescopes set up to answer questions and help others get started in the exciting pastimes of astronomy and astrophotography. Because this is an outdoor program, it may be cancelled in the event of rain.

For more information, contact Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113.

Search area last plowed: February 1, 2019

Most recent significant rain: February 24, 2019

Diamond finds for the weeks of February 10 & 17, 2019 (100 points = 1 carat):

•February 12 – Ted L. Podlewski, Granger, IA, 29 pt. white

•February 14 – John Heiken, Paradise, CA, 4 pt. white

•February 16 – Nathaniel Paigen, Oregon, IL, 2 pt. white, 7 pt. white, 19 pt. white; Jason Barr, Ft Campbell, KY, 9 pt. white

•February 18 – Maggie McBrayer, Calhoun, GA, 2 pt. white, 9 pt. white, 15 pt. brown

•February 23 – Anthony Bryan, Barling, AR, 79 pt. white; David McBrayer, Calhoun, GA, 9 pt. white

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