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Event Details

  • 11/10/2012

    Location: Cades Cove Orientation Shelter Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM Fee Information: Free

This stargazing program is held in cooperation with the Smoky Mountains Astronomical Society and allows experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes to be on hand to provide a discovery of the autumn sky's position of stars, galaxies, and constellations, including the Milky Way. Stargazing in Cades Cove provides a great opportunity to view the star-studded sky and vast depths of this planetary world without the obstruction of artificial lights as one might see in developed areas outside the park. This program treats visitors to a mix of astronomy, legends, and the beauty of the stars for a worthwhile exploration into the wonders of the heavens."    

In the event of rain or cloud cover where night skies are not visible, the program will be cancelled.

Participants should park near the exhibit shelter at the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop Road where a ranger will be to escort the group about one-third of a mile to a nearby field. Those planning to attend should dress warmly and bring a flashlight and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. It is also suggested to bring binoculars which can be used for stargazing. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

For further information, call 865/448-4104; or if there is any uncertainty about whether the event will occur because of weather conditions, call the day of the event for its status.