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Join members from local astronomical societies, including the Chicago Astronomical Society, who will share their telescopes with the public and introduce them to the night skies over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet on Saturday, August 6 at 8:30 pm in the national lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot. In celebration of the National Park Service centennial birthday and the fiftieth birthday of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, every first Saturday of the month through November of 2016, telescopes of epic proportions will be on hand to view our night skies.
During the August stargazing, the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpio are visible in the south and they include the hub of the Milky Way with its many star clusters and nebula. Saturn's rings are wide open and Jupiter, with its moons, is visible in the west.
The Kemil Beach access area is located one mile north and three miles east of the Indiana Dunes visitor center.The visitor center is located at the intersection of US Hwy 20 and US Hwy. 49 north of Chesterton, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.