Thursday, October 1, 2009

Stargazing in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be offering a 2-hour stargazing program in Cades Cove next Saturday, October 10th.

Experienced astronomers from the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society, along with their telescopes, will be on hand to provide a discovery of the autumn sky.

Without the obstruction of artificial light as seen in developed areas outside the Park, visitors will have a much better viewing opportunity to gaze at the stars than they would have at home. The program concludes after dark with public viewing using the society’s powerful telescopes to explore deep into the cosmos.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road. A ranger will escort the group a short distance to a nearby field. Those planning to attend should dress warmly, and bring a flashlight and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Also, it's suggested to bring binoculars which can be used for stargazing.

In case of rain or cloud cover where night skies are not visible, the program will be rescheduled for Saturday, October 17.

Call 865-448-4104 for more information.

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