Astronomy Night with the Perseids
We had a total of 27 people in attendance, some of whom stayed all the way till 11:00 p.m! And although we didn’t see a lot of shooting stars, we did see Saturn, Jupiter, two globular nebulae, several moons, and other stellar phenomena as well.
One couple came because they had learned that we are now a Blue Star Museum. This means we offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families. It was wonderful to welcome our first Blue Star participants!
Several attendees brought their own telescopes, and we encourage that for future astronomy nights. We may even convince Dave to create a “telescope tips” program for us in the future. Others brought cameras to practice long exposure techniques. I was really impressed with their results!
I can’t wait until the next Astronomy Night. Right now we’re thinking about December and the Geminids Meteor Shower. It’ll be colder, but the skies will be clearer, too.
I hope you’ll join us!
– Ranger Eric Powers
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