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National Park Service Star Gazing Party
August 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmFree
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park invites visitors to view and learn about the nighttime sky through its Star Gazing Parties, held in partnership with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society (SAS) and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Held at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Thoburn’s Redoubt tract, stop #2 on the park’s self-guided auto tour. Directions: 1. Just south of Middletown, from U.S. Route 11, turn left onto Water Plant Road. Proceed 1 mile to the intersection with Long Meadow Road. 2. Turn right onto Long Meadow Road. Proceed 0.1 mile. 3. Turn right onto Bowman’s Mill Road. Proceed 1.4 miles to Thoburn’s Redoubt. 4. The Thoburn Tract is marked by a Civil War Trails sign and some Waysides. Turn right into the property.
The Star Party on August 10 will start at 8:00 p.m. and is scheduled to coincide with the Perseid Meteor Shower, which results from debris stream associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle.
The program will include a short introduction by a park ranger, followed by an astronomical program by a member of the SAS. Bring your own telescope or use one that will be provided by the Shenandoah Astronomical Society. Free. For more information, call (540) 869-3051.