• Glowing sunset view from overlook - Photo by Jason Barnett Photography

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

October Astronomy Program

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Date: October 12, 2007
Contact: Steven Seven, 423.569.9778
Contact: Sue Duncan, 423.286.7275

Stars shine in the dark night skies over Bandy Creek.
Stars shine in the dark night skies over Bandy Creek.
Paul Lewis

On Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 8:30 p.m. Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee Astronomy Department and the Knoxville Astronomy Club will be at Bandy Creek to talk about the night sky and to offer opportunities for the public to view the night sky through telescopes.

The cool nights and clear skies of autumn make it a perfect time to observe the stars, planets, and deep space objects. October is also the time when you can view very faint, fast moving meteors called the Orionids. The peak of the meteor shower will be in the early hours of October 21, but it may be able to see a few of these meteors the night before as well.

The astronomy program will be held at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time in the Bandy Creek Visitor Center parking lot. Telescopes will be set up for night sky observation after the presentations.

These programs are free to the public and all are welcome to attend. Bring a blanket and a chair with you and join us for a night of sky viewing.

In the event of rain or inclement weather, the programs will be moved inside to the building just across from the Bandy Creek Visitor Center and night sky observation with the telescopes will be cancelled.

Did You Know?

Devils Jump Rapid is just below the site of the proposed dam.

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.