Astronomy in the Park
The Jaite meadows, along the Buckeye Trail, are lowland areas that can easily be reached from parking locations near NPS Park Headquarters on Vaughn Road. During the summer and times of heavy dew it is best to observe along the banks of Horseshoe Pond on Major Road. The higher elevation and forested eastern banks help to offset the penetrating heavy lowland dews, typically allowing good observation well into the late evening before the pond mists set in.
The Northern and Eastern Views
The secluded location of the Oak Hill Picnic Area on Oak Hill Road allows observation of the darkest skies, making this an ideal place to observe meteor showers and other pre-dawn celestial events.
Each season there are astronomical highlights that provide spectacular observing in CVNP.
Upcoming International Space Station sighting
Last updated: January 8, 2018