Stargazing Through Telescopes

  • Every 2nd Saturday of every month. from 01/13/2018 to 12/08/2018 Location: Kemil Beach Parking Lot, | Map Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Julie Larsen Contact Email: E-Mail Us Contact Phone Number: 219-395-1821

    Join members from the Chicago Astronomical Society, Michiana Astronomical Society, and Calumet Astronomical Society with their telescopes as they introduce the night skies to visitors at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot. The experts will train their massive telescopes on interesting features and discuss the incredible 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.

    Stargazing Times:

    June 9 — 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    July 14 — 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    August 11 — 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    September 8 — 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    October 13 — 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    November — 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    December 8 — 5:00 pm - 7:00 PM

    For updates, please visit the park's Facebook events page.
    During the May stargazing program, the Big Dipper is overhead along with double stars Alcor and Mizar and pair of galaxies are nearby. Jupiter is up and four of its moons are visible.

    We are happy to announce that monthly stargazing at the Kemil Beach parking lot will continue throughout 2017 on the third Saturday of each month.
    The Kemil Beach parking lot is located one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 on East State Park Road (300E). For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website and our Facebook page.