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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Astronomy Program at Bandy Creek

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Date: August 10, 2007
Contact: Steven Seven, 423-569-9778

Stars shine in the night sky above Bandy Creek.
Stars shine in the night sky above Bandy Creek.
NPS

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?

Archeology dig occuring at Big South Fork

In terms of total sites, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is the most important archaeological location in the Southeast Region of the National Park Service. The 1,335 documented archaeological sites at Big South Fork represent only 20% of the estimated total for the park. More...