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"Gateway to the Stars" Stargazing Events
ST. LOUIS—The stars may be light-years away, but you can get a close-up peek at them this summer when Gateway Arch National Park hosts special stargazing experiences on June 23 and July 21. Each “Gateway to the Stars” program will feature a ranger-led interpretive talk, followed by a St. Louis Astronomical Society-led telescope viewing of craters on the Moon; the planets Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn; and other celestial objects (weather permitting).
For each program, visitors are to meet in the Education Classroom inside the Arch Visitor Center. The ranger-led, indoor talks will take place regardless of weather. The outdoor telescope viewing events may be cancelled if skies are cloudy and if there is heavy rain. Call 314-655- 1708 the afternoon of the event for an update on the weather.
Summer Star Trek
When: Saturday, June 23, 8-10 p.m.
What: Our resident “Sky Ranger” Rich Fefferman will provide tips on how to use telescopes and star maps to follow some of this summer’s exciting sky events.
The indoor talk will be held in the Education Classroom inside the Arch Visitor Center, rain or shine. Outdoor telescope viewing led by the St. Louis Astronomical Society will follow, weather permitting. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be prominently displayed.
Gateway to Mars
When: Saturday, July 21, 8-10 p.m.
What: NASA fellow and Washington University scientist Michael Bouchard will present a talk about St. Louis’ role in the past, present and future Mars rovers and explorations.
This indoor talk will be held in the Education Classroom inside the Arch Visitor Center, rain or shine. Outdoor telescope viewing led by the St. Louis Astronomical Society will follow, weather permitting. Mars will have its closest approach to Earth since 2003.
ON THE HORIZON: Mark your calendar for additional Gateway to the Stars events on August 25, September 22 and October 20! Be on the lookout for more information about these dates, which will soon be found at www.nps.gov/jeff.
PARKING REMINDER: A list of downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of Gateway Arch National Park is available at http://getaroundstl.com. Metered street parking is also available around the park.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.nps.gov/jeff or www.gatewayarch.com; or call 877-982-1410. Reservations are not required, but large groups should call 314-655-1708 to alert
the Old Courthouse or the Gateway Arch of their attendance.
ABOUT: The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Gateway Arch National Park, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch, which features the Tram Ride to the Top and the documentary film Monument to the Dream, is open daily during the winter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The Old Courthouse, which features westward expansion exhibits, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, and from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102. Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. Programs and events at the park are made possible by the generous support from our cooperating association, Jefferson National Parks Association, and Bi-State Development. To purchase Arch tickets, go online to www.gatewayarch.com, call 877-982-1410, or visit the Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center at the Old Courthouse. NOTE: The Arch’s museum is currently closed for renovations and is scheduled to open July 3, 2018.