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Join members from local astronomy clubs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to view the night skies through powerful telescopes. Volunteers from the Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society, and Calumet Astronomical Society will introduce the night skies to visitors on Saturday, February 18, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Central Time at the national lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot.
These experts will train their telescopes on interesting features and discuss the incredible night sky. You’ll also learn how you can help preserve the night sky. Please dress for the weather as there is no indoor space at the Kemil beach parking lot. It may be helpful to bring a pair of binoculars from home.
During the February stargazing program, Sirius, Procyon, Rigel, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, Castor, Pollux, and Capella, the brightest stars of the year, will be overhead. The Great Nebula of Orion puts on a spectacular show. Star clusters in Taurus, Gemini, and Auriga will also be plentiful.
A Stargazing Program is presented on the third Saturday of each month throughout the year. Times vary with the season.
The Kemil Beach parking lot is located one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 at 27 N. East State Park Road. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/