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Contact: Janice Elvidge, 509.633.9188 ext 12
For four evenings in July and August you can join National Park Ranger Janice Elvidge and Washington State Park’s Tom Poplawski from Steamboat Rock State Park for an evening of looking to the stars!
As an increasing number of open spaces are converted to urban or suburban areas, the beauty and wonder of the night sky is disappearing. The universe becomes obscured by the dull electric glow of every street lamp, house light and neon sign that casts its light into the night sky, making places of undisturbed darkness like Lake Roosevelt vital and unique. Our nation’s National and State Parks are some of the few places left where the night sky isn’t obscured by light pollution.
We begin each program with an orientation to the night sky and then enjoy the night as we explore the sky above. We will have tools to observe the night sky, but bring your own telescopes and binoculars, if you have them, and chairs or blankets so you can be comfortable while observing the sky. Be prepared for a variety of weather. We will only cancel if the sky is too obscured by clouds.
The first program will meet at the Spring Canyon Amphitheater at 9:00 PM on Friday July 21st for the orientation and then move to the volleyball court to observe the sky. During the Perseid Meteor Showers we will hold programs at 9:00 PM on August 11th at Steamboat Rock State Park and August 12th at Keller Ferry Campground. The last program of the season will occur on August 25th at 9:00 PM at Spring Canyon.