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BLOG: Rockets & astronomy this weekend in Pawhuska

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 13:10:44-04

If you love rockets and astronomy plus want to take a beautiful drive away from the city, this is the event for you this weekend.

I used to launch rockets when I was younger, so when Andrew Lathrop from Tulsa Rocketry invited me up Friday for a special preview, I immediately said yes.

Tulsa Rocketry in partnership with the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce are hosting the 14th annual rocket launches this weekend at the Pawhuska Airport, just a few minutes west of downtown Pawhuska. The event goes from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday the 30th and Sunday October 1st. However, on Saturday night, a special night launch will take place starting at 8 pm. Rockets with LEDs and strobe lights will take flight.

In addition, The Astronomy Club of Tulsa and the Bartlesville Astronomy Society will be on hand Saturday night for a star viewing party.

Kids under 18 can fly their rockets for free all weekend. There is a small fee for adults to fly. The event is free for spectators.

Andrew told me some of the rockets are expected to reach 10,000 feet or more. They have clearance from the FAA for up to 20,000 feet.

It should be a lot of fun with the great Fall weather we are enjoying now in Oklahoma. Send us your pictures to weather@kjrh.com if you get some good shots.