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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Astronomy Programs at Bandy Creek, Big South Fork, on Saturday, May 24

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News Release Date: May 15, 2014
Contact: Bill Herman, 423-286-7275
Contact: Dave Carney, 423-569-9778

Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee will be at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on Saturday, May 24, for two special astronomy programs.

A telescope with a sun filter will be positioned in front of the Bandy Creek Visitor Center from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET) to allow for solar viewing.  The use of special telescope filters will allow safe viewing of the sun.  The sun should never be viewed without proper sun filters, or permanent damage to the eyes may occur.

On Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. (ET), Paul Lewis will describe which objects to look for in the night sky.  The program will be held in the parking lot across from the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  Telescopes will be available for night sky observation after the presentation.  You may want to bringa blanket or chair for comfortable seating.  There is no charge to attend these programs.

In the event of rain or inclement weather, the evening program will be moved indoors to the Interpretation and Education Building next to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.  For directions or additional information, please call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.

Did You Know?

Cumberland sandwort

Cumberland sandwort is one of several species of threatened and endangered plants found throughout Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Cumberland sandwort only grows in the dry sandy soils of certain rockshelters found in and around Big South Fork.