Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park rangers will celebrate International Night Sky Week with a Mammoth Cave Star Party at 8 PM CT on Sunday, April 7. Attendees will view planets and other night sky delights through telescopes provided by the park. The event will begin outside of the park’s visitor center and last until 10 PM.
International Dark Sky Week will run from March 31 to April 7 this year and celebrates the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. Mammoth Cave National Park strives to preserve the park’s dark sky viewshed for the enjoyment of park visitors and for the well-being of wildlife and habitat. Ranger-led stargazing programs offer the opportunity for visitors to experience unfettered views of the starry night and evoke a new appreciation for the park’s dark sky environment.
Star Party participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes to set up during the event. In the event of heavily clouded skies, a program at the outdoor amphitheater will be substituted for the telescope viewing activity. The Star Party program is subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather or heavy rain.
For more information on the Mammoth Cave Star Party, please call 270-758-2180.