Gaze at the moon, stars and other cosmic features through large telescopes at Pokagon State Park’s 29th annual All-Night Star Spectacular on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Activities run from 8 p.m. to early Sunday morning and will be presented by park interpretive services staff, the Astronomical Society of Hillsdale County and other local astronomers.
The highlight of the evening will be viewing the annual Perseids meteor shower.
From 8 to 9:30 p.m., visitors can look at astronomy equipment and learn how telescopes work.
From 9:30 p.m. to midnight, visitors can view stars, the moon, star clusters, nebulae and other cosmic features while listening to sky stories. There will be a short presentation around 10:15 p.m. pointing out constellations. Organizers will share legends and lore of the night sky.
All activities are on the lawn at the CCC Shelter. Viewers may come at any time and stay as long as they wish.
Long pants, mosquito repellent, lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. Viewers are also encouraged to bring binoculars.
In case of clouds, call the nature center before 5 p.m. at (260) 833-2012 or the Potawatomi Inn after 5 p.m. at (260) 833-1077 to inquire about program status.
The program is free after paying the standard park admission fee of $7 per in-state vehicle or $9 per out-of-state vehicle.
For more information, call (260) 833-2012.
Pokagon State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2973.htm) is at 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, 46703.