By Submitted Story on September 17, 2021
HARKERS ISLAND, NC Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce a September edition of Astronomy Night on Friday, September 24, outdoors at the Harkers Island Visitor Center, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
NASA Solar System Ambassador, Matthew Bruce, will present a 45-minute presentation entitled, ‘Fall Constellations – What to Look For!’. The program will introduce visitors to various celestial objects of our autumn sky that can be viewed with the naked eye, and better yet, with a telescope. Join us as we learn more about the wonders available to us above in the eastern Carolina night sky.
Immediately after the presentation, park staff and local astronomers from the Crystal Coast Stargazers (a NASA Night Sky Network astronomy club) will host a Star Party (weather dependent), which will offer curious participants the chance to witness the moon, and other sky-bound objects above the Southern Outer Banks through the lens of a telescope.
Make the most of the night by coming prepared. Masks are required to attend, especially in groups while using the telescopes. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Also, bring chairs for seating, water, snacks, bug repellent, and flashlight with a red filter that helps in maintaining everyone’s night vision.
Folks may also consider bringing their own telescopes to learn how to get the most out of their own telescopic equipment from members of the Stargazers club.
The program is FREE. For more information, go to http://go.nps.gov/astronomynight
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