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Contact: B.G. Horvat, 252-728-2250, ext. 8906
HARKERS ISLAND, NC – Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce a new program this summer. Astronomy Night at the Cape, will take place on Saturday, July 7 out of the Harkers Island Visitor Center, from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
NASA Solar System Ambassador, Lisa Pelletier-Harmon, will start things off with a 45-minute presentation in the Harkers Island Theater entitled, TESS – The Search for Earth 2.0. The program focuses on the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite (TESS) and its orbital journey around Earth, a more recent NASA mission.
After the presentation, park staff and local astronomers from the Crystal Coast Stargazers will be set up outside to offer participants the chance to witness the wonders of the night sky above the Southern Outer Banks with telescope viewing. Fun activities for the kids will be on hand, too.
Make the most of the night by coming prepared. Check the weather and dress accordingly. Also, bring water, snacks, bug repellent, and flashlight with a red filter that helps in maintaining everyone’s night vision.
Folks may also consider bringing their own telescopes to learn how to get the most out of their own telescopic equipment from members of the Stargazers club.
The program is FREE. For more information, go to http://go.nps.gov/astronomynight.
Upcoming Astronomy Nights for 2018:
- Saturday, August 4, Harkers Island Visitor Center, 8:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.