Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society, will hold a 2 ½-hour stargazing program in Cades Cove on Saturday, November 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
According to Park Ranger Mike Maslona, “It’s a great opportunity to gaze at the star-studded sky without the obstruction of artificial light as seen in developed areas outside the Park. People will be amazed at the vast depths of this planetary world and all that they can see in the complete darkness. This program mixes astronomy, legends, and the beauty of the stars to create a worthwhile exploration into the wonders of the heavens.”
Participants for the program should park near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road where a ranger will be to escort the group about one-third of a mile 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 is suggested to bring binoculars which can be used for stargazing. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
The program is subject to cancellation due to cloud cover or rain. Please call 865-448-4104 Saturday morning to verify program status.
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