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White Nose Syndrome is a disease that is killing bats in great numbers and has been found in park caves. While visiting Gap Cave please do not wear or bring anything that has been in other caves. Skylight Cave is currently closed.
Shooting Star Extravaganza at Hensley Settlement in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Contact: Scott Teodorski, (606) 246-1074
As darkness falls in the southern mountains, the historic Hensley Settlement in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park becomes the stage for a shooting star extravaganza! Its remote location high upon Brush Mountain provides a wonderful opportunity to view the night sky and the famous Perseid meteor shower.
Visible each year beginning in mid July, the Perseid meteor shower has been observed for almost 2000 years! The shower, which consists of dust and debris associated with a comet called Swift-Tuttle, appears as streaks of light in the evening sky. “These streaks can be seen at rates of up to 90 per hour,” explains Park Ranger Matthew Graham. “The dark skies found up on Brush Mountain provide the perfect environment to view this spectacular show. It is a sight to behold!”
The public is invited to drive their own vehicles and follow park rangers up to the Hensley Settlement on Tuesday, August 12 for a fun filled evening gazing at the night sky. A fire will be available and sticks will be provided for those who wish to bring marshmallows and hot dogs to roast. Visitors are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars, blankets or chairs, and appropriate clothing.
Vehicles must be front or four wheel drive. Anyone interested in participating in this free program should meet at the park visitor center at 5:30 PM.
For more information please call the park visitor center at (606) 248-2817, ext. 1075.
Did You Know?
Vice President Richard Nixon visited Cumberland Gap on July 3, 1959 to commemorate the formal dedication of the park which took place the following day. While at the park he visited the scenic Pinnacle Overlook and attended festivities in the nearby town of Middlesboro, Kentucky.