Astronomy Program at Bandy Creek
Contact: Steven Seven, 423-569-9778
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be sponsoring a special opportunity for you to view the night sky and maybe see some meteors. On Saturday, August 18, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET, Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee will be presenting a slide program entitled “Meteors and Comets”. Follow the slide program telescopes will be set up in the Bandy Creek Visitor Center parking lot for night sky observing.
Mid-August is the time of year to look for “shooting stars” called the Perseid Meteor showers. If skies are clear, it is a good time to keep looking up at night. You just might catch a glimpse of a fleeting meteor. The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is a great spot to go stargazing. The big, open, fields and the dark environment at Bandy Creek lead to some spectacular views of the night sky.
Bring the family, everyone is invited to attend this free program. For more information, please contact the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275. In the event of rain the slide program will be held indoors.
Did You Know?
In the 1960's Congress requested the Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of damming the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River just above the Devils Jump Rapid to create another reservoir. Had that happened Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area would never have existed.