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Join members from various local astronomical societies, including the Chicago Astronomical Society, who will share their telescopes with the public to introduce them to the night skies over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet on Saturday, May 7 at the national lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot at 8:30 pm. In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial and the fiftieth birthday of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, there will be a special night sky program on the first Saturday of the month through November of 2016.
During May, Mars is as bright and as close to the earth as it will get for the next two years.Saturn is high in the sky and good for viewing. Jupiter’s moon, Io, will cast its shadow on Jupiter. The Big Dipper is overhead with double star Alco and Mizar and a pair of galaxies nearby. In addition, the Eta Aquariid meteor shower is nearing its peak.
The Kemil Beach parking lot is located at 27 N. East State Park Road, Chesterton, Indiana.For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or www.nps.gov/indu.