Astronomy night in September at Cape Lookout National Seashore
By story submitted on September 17, 2021
HARKERS ISLAND, North Carolina Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce a September edition of Astronomy night Friday, September 24, open air at Harkers Island Visitor Center, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
NASA Solar System Ambassador Matthew Bruce will deliver a 45-minute presentation titled ‘Fall Constellations – What To Look For! “. The program will introduce visitors to various celestial objects from our fall sky that can be observed with the naked eye, and better yet, with a telescope. Join us as we learn more about the wonders that lie before us 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 (depending on the weather), which will offer curious attendees the chance to ‘observe the moon and other related objects above the Southern Outer Banks through the lens of a telescope.
Make the most of the night by coming prepared. The masks are obligatory to attend, especially in groups while using the telescopes. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Also bring chairs to sit on, water, snacks, bug spray, and a flashlight with a red filter that helps maintain everyone’s night vision.
People may also consider bringing their own telescopes to learn how to get the most out of their own telescopic equipment from Stargazers club members.
The program is FREE. For more information, visit http://go.nps.gov/astronomynight
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