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SkyWatch Program

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Ken Damrau

What is a Skywatch? A Skywatch is a public viewing of celestial objects through telescopes that have been brought in for the event. The Richmond Astronomical Society and Petersburg National Battlefield will again host Skywatches in 2012. Members of the Society set up their telescopes for anyone who wants to look at what is visible that night. Some of the telescopes will be commercially made and some will have been hand made by the person who brought it.

Discover the wonders of Virginia's night sky and hear stories associated with the stars. To enjoy this ranger led program, bring a jacket, a flashlight, a telescope if you have one and an optional blanket to lay back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Petersburg at night. The program begins at sunset.

The Skywatch Schedule for 2013 is as follows

July 27, 2013

Information on the Richmond Astronomical Society.

For more information on the SkyWatch programs at Petersburg National Battlefield contact Leslie McClammy at 804-732-3531 ext 204.

Did You Know?

Bobcat

Bobcats are rarely seen residents of Petersburg National Battlefield's Five Forks Unit. Averaging in size to twice that of the common house cat, Bobcats enjoy the widest North American habitat range of any wildcat. At Five Forks their diet consists mainly of mice, squirrels, and other small prey.