The Outer Banks Voice – Cape Lookout National Seashore hosts September Astronomy Night to showcase images from the Webb Telescope

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Cape Lookout National Seashore hosts September Astronomy Evening to showcase images from the Webb Telescope

By Story submitted on September 16, 2022

Star Party after the presentation with park staff and local astronomers from the Crystal Coast Stargazers

Cape Lookout National Seashore (a Certified International Dark Sky Park) welcomes night sky enthusiasts to astronomy night Saturday, September 24 at the Harkers Island Visitor Center at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

Join us at the Harkers Island Visitor Center Theater as NASA Solar System Ambassador Matthew Bruce gives a 45-minute presentation on the James Webb (Webb) Space Telescope that NASA launched in December 2021. Webb is the largest, most powerful and most complex space telescope ever created. built and launched into space.

Immediately following the presentation, park staff and local astronomers from the Crystal Coast Stargazers (a NASA Night Sky Network astronomy club) will host a star party on the Visitor Center grounds that will provide curious attendees with the ability to see astronomical objects above the outer southern shores. through the lens of a telescope.

This event is kid-friendly, but we don’t ask for pets. Stargazing depends on the weather. Solar System Ambassador programs come rain or shine. Please monitor the weather and/or call the Harkers Island Visitor Center (252-728-2250) by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) to confirm event status.

Make the most of the night by coming prepared. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Also bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, water, snacks, insect repellent, or any other comfort items. We recommend a flashlight with a red filter to help maintain everyone’s night vision.

People can also consider bringing their own telescopes to learn how to get the most out of their equipment from Stargazers club members.

The program is FREE. For more information, visit http://go.nps.gov/astronomynight


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