2012-01-26 / News

Dark Sky Program Focuses on Upcoming Occurrences

The next free program at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City will offer participants a chance to plan their sky-viewing calendar for the next year, as Dark Sky Park Program Director Mary Stewart Adams will provide an overview of what to expect in the sky overhead through 2012. The program takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, January 28, at the Guest House and outdoors. It is free and open to the public and will take place despite inclement weather.

Ms. Adams said participants may bring their own calendars, or use one that will be provided at the event.

“It’s a lot of fun because you can plan special picnics, birthday parties, and outdoor events that correspond with what’s happening in the night sky throughout the year ahead,” Ms. Adams said. “The best way to take advantage of night sky viewing is to know ahead of time what’s coming, like when the moon will be close to a certain planet or when the meteor showers will take place.”

She will also guide participants through a lesson in how to best orient themselves to the night sky, to maximize viewing opportunities.

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