Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park will celebrate Astronomy Day with a Mammoth Cave Star Party from 6:30 pm to 9 pm CT on Saturday, October 5. Event participants will meet outside of the park’s visitor center where they will be able to view planets and other night sky delights through telescopes provided by the park.
Astronomy Day 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 view shed 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. The Star Party program is subject to cancellation in the event of cloudy skies, severe weather or heavy rain.
For more information on the Mammoth Cave Star Party, please call 270-758-2180, or visit www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.
For more information on the National Park Service Night Skies program, please visit nps.gov/subjects/nightskies.